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. The Committee invited the Cabinet Secretary on 28 June 2017 to give a final update on CAP Payments as the deadline for payments was the end of June.

In follow up to these sessions additional information related to CAP was received from the Cabinet Secretary:

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 -