Common Agriculture Policy (CAP)

 

Background

        

The Committee agreed on the 5 October, as part of their work programme to receive regular updates from the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity on Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

The EU Common Agricultural Policy has two pillars. Pillar 1 provides direct payments to farmers and is fully funded by the EU. Pillar 2 supports rural development, is jointly funded by the EU, national governments and transfers from Pillar 1.

The Cabinet Secretary appeared in front of the Committee to discuss CAP policy and performance issues on 21 September 2016 following a statement in the chamber on 13 September. In addition he answered questions on the financial aspects of CAP during scrutiny of the draft budget 2017-18 on 21 December 2016. The Cabinet Secertary came before the Committee again to update it on CAP issues on 25 January 2017 and 10 May 2017. In follow up to these sessions additional information related to CAP was received from the Cabinet Secretary:

25 September 2016

25 October 2016

30 December 2016 

Correspondence

Weekly CAP Payments Update

The Committee receive weekly updates of the CAP 2016 Payments from the Scottish Government -

Work by Other Committees

Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee has also been conducting scrutiny of the CAP IT system. Further information is available on the Committee’s website.

See joint correspondence below -

Letter from NFU Scotland to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee regarding Common Agricultural Policy Futures Programme, 12 January 2017 (130KB pdf)

Letter from the Scottish Government to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee regarding Common Agricultural Policy Futures Programme, 24 January 2017 (159KB pdf)

Letter from the Committee and Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity regarding CAP Futures Programme, 21 March 2017 (116KB pdf)

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity to the Committee and Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee regarding CAP Future updates, 29 March 2017 (145KB pdf)

Letter from NFU Scotland to the Committee and Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee regarding the Committee’s work on the Scottish Government’s CAP Futures Programme, 29 March 2017 (81KB pdf)

Letter from the Scottish Government to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee regarding an update on the Common Agricultural Policy: Futures Programme, 30 March 2017 (147KB pdf)

Letter from the Scottish Government to the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee regarding an update on the Common Agricultural Policy: Futures Programme, 3 May 2017 (152KB pdf)

Letter from the Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity regarding the April 2017 progress update, 18 May 2017 (29KB pdf)