SPICe, the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre, along with counterpart bodies within the UK, has produced a briefing paper that seeks to set out the CAP reform deal, the reactions and emerging implementation decisions of the four countries of the UK, and also of Ireland, in relation to the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package for 2014-20.
The new agreement, which recently completed the Parliamentary process in the EU, allows Member States and their devolved administrations a great deal of flexibility in terms of how they implement the provisions. The implementation decisions taken within the UK and in Ireland could therefore differ considerably, despite the intra-UK and international (Irish/UK) shared borders. This paper seeks to indicate where the key differences and common approaches are emerging. It also considers the possible trajectory of future CAP reform.
The briefing is available here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/70178.aspx