EU Budget 2014 - 2020 latest developments

The following is taken from Natural England’s Scheme Development Bulletin.

The European Council reached political agreement on the shape and size of the European Budget for 2014–20 in early February 2013. However, the proposals were subsequently rejected by the European Parliament in mid-March, so further negotiation is required before the 2014–20 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) Regulation can be adopted. Overall these proposals would mean a 3% reduction in the European budget compared with budgets under the 2007–2013 Multi-annual Financial Framework.

The CAP budget is reduced by around 13% compared to the 2007–2013 baseline. The European Parliament also voted on CAP in mid-March and agreed its position. Separately the Agriculture Council finalised its negotiating position. This clears the way for formal negotiations between the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission to begin.

It’s too early to say what this means for land management schemes in England. Further details on how the decision will relate to the UK will emerge in due course. The implications for England will only be known after the rural development programme budget for England is determined and the level of transfers in England from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 is set. Decisions will also need to be taken by Defra Ministers on how the Rural Development budget will be used for environmental, socio-economic, and growth objectives.

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