NFU warns of delays to CAP changes

The NFU have warned that changes to the way in which farmers receive their single farm payment are likely to be delayed beyond the European Commission's 2014 deadline for CAP reform.

Maeve Whyte, director of the NFU's Brussels office, said debate about what the proposals will look like was still going ahead between leaders in Europe – despite the plans being formally unveiled by European farm commissioner Dacian Ciolos on Wednesday (12 October).

Speaking at an NFU council meeting in Leamington Spa on Tuesday (11 October), Ms Whyte said plans would be finalised just hours before the official announcement at 11.30am (BST).

And she admitted ‘anything could happen’, despite official European timetables insisting reform would be in place by 1 January 2014.

“There are a number of factors which will affect that timetable – co-decision between the Commission and the European Parliament is likely to take longer that the anticipated 18 months,” she said.

“Parliament could delay it as long as possible if they don’t like the proposals.”

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