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. 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
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.