The Danish Presidency has released a draft report on the progress of the CAP negotiations since January and highlighted several issues where Member States agree. Additional flexibility on greening under the 1st Pillar outlined in the Commission’s recently released ‘concept paper’ is thought to be a step in the right direction, while most delegations think that penalties on the greening payment should not affect the basic income support payment.
On the convergence of direct payments between Member States, it notes that there is broad support for some convergence, but some consider that the Commission model goes too far. Similarly a number of delegations question the overall objective of the proposal to move towards a uniform level of payment entitlements under the basic payment scheme at national or regional level by 2019.
On Rural Development plans, the draft notes that many delegations have requested more information about the criteria of past performance and objective criteria that would be used to allocate the RD budget. On areas with natural constraints (LFASS), delegations generally welcomed flexibility to use an alternative local administrative unit and reduce the designation area to 60%.