What is the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)?
The CAP is a common policy for all EU countries and works towards a number of key objectives
Ensure a fair income for farmers
Preserve landscapes and biodiversity
Support generational renewal
Improve the position of farmers in the food chain
Vibrant rural areas
Climate change action
Protect food and health quality
Foster knowledge and innovation
The new CAP supports agriculture and communities in making a much stronger contribution to the goals of the Green Deal:
Higher Green Ambitions
CAP plans will be in line with environmental and climate legislation. Each EU country will be obliged to display a higher ambition on environment and climate action and will be required to update the plan when legislation is modified.
At least 25% of the budget for direct payments will be allocated to eco-schemes, providing stronger incentives for climate-and environment-friendly farming approaches.
Contribute to the Green Deal targets
The national CAP strategic plans will contribute to the Green Deal targets (the CAP recommendations set out how this contribution is expected).
Rural development and operational programmes
A proportion of funds will also be allocated to measures to support climate, biodiversity, environment, and animal welfare.
Beneficiaries of the CAP will have their payments linked to a stronger set of mandatory requirements. Wetlands and peatlands will also be protected.
Climate and biodiversity
40% of the CAP budget will have to be climate-relevant and strongly support the general commitment to dedicate 10% of the EU budget to biodiversity objectives.
What is Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan?
Direct income support
Rural Developments interventions
(+ national co-financing)
National strategy for implementing CAP in Ireland (2023-2027)
New performance-based approach instead of previous compliance approach.
Three main approaches to supporting sustainable development of farming and food sector:
- Supporting viable farm incomes and enhancing competitiveness
- Strengthening the socio-economic fabric of rural areas
- Contributing to the achievement of environmental and climate objectives at national and EU levels
Learn more about Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan