The European Commission has presented proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) rules on olive oil and table olives by emphasising competitiveness, stronger market-orientation, improved environmental respect, stabilised incomes for farmers and a higher regard for the situation of producers in less-favoured areas.

A significant part of the current production-linked payments would be transferred to the de-coupled single payment scheme. For olive oil, a specific coupled payment would be maintained.

The proposal takes into account the potential impact of a full decoupling in this sector and in particular the risk that production would be abandoned and of declining competitiveness of rural areas, the Commission said.

More details on the proposals can be found here.