As part of its ongoing drive to reduce the regulatory burden and red-tape, the European Commission has proposed a major simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Building on the recent CAP reform, the time has now come to harmonise as much as possible the rules covering the various agricultural markets, the commission said. The aim is to reduce red tape for both farmers and administrations by making rules more transparent, easier to understand and less burdensome to comply with. The commission has called for the production of an Action Plan during 2006, which will set out the concrete measures envisaged.

“The reforms of 2003 and 2004 gave a major boost to efforts to simplify the CAP, by combining a large number of direct payments into the Single Farm Payment scheme,” said Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agricultural and RURAL DEVELOPMENT.

“I now want to build on this to create a simpler and more streamlined set of laws to govern EU farm policy. The creation of a single Common Market Organisation will reduce bureaucracy and costs for farmers and administrations, give citizens better value for money and allow farmers to concentrate on what they do best – farming,” she added.

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