The first pillar direct payments in the next CAP (post 2015). A French point of view
New Medit, vol 12, n.3, (September 2013), pp. 11-19
Jel classification: Q18
This paper proposes an assessment of October 2011 legislative proposals for CAP reform. The assessment is essentially qualitative, illustrated by static simulations of income effects for French professional farms. It uses the French case to highlight the diverging opinions between stakeholders on these proposals and argue why they are a step in the right direction but a too timid step as crucial issues are not adequately addressed. Furthermore several key parameters of the reform remain unknown, even after the European parliament decisions (January 2013). We first summarise the main elements of the proposals presented by the European Commission regarding the first pillar subsidies. We then highlight the main points that are subject to debate on the basis of French stakeholder reactions (public authorities, farmers’ unions, food companies and non-governmental organisations). We finally propose an assessment of these proposals focusing more specifically on the redistribution of direct payments between countries and categories of farms.
CAP, payment agreements, subsidies, farms, France