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Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Post 2020

Introduction - The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) protects family farm incomes, supports the rural economy, ensures the production of high-quality safe food for consumers and protects rural landscapes and the environment.

The CAP consists of a Two Pillar Structure.

  • Pillar 1 Income Support (The main schemes include the Basic Payment Scheme and Greening)
  • Pillar 2 Infrastructure, Environment and Development Support (The main schemes include GLAS, EIP-AGRI and TAMS)


CAP Post 2020 – Sustainable Food, Farming and Rural Communities. The CAP was established in 1962. Over the years it has evolved to meet the changing needs and demands of European agriculture and the wider European society.  The latest CAP reform is no different in this regard and in line with societal demands includes a very strong emphasis on the environment as shown below.


The nine specific objectives identified for CAP Post 2020


Source: European Commission


CAP Post 2020 Consultative Committee

The CAP Post-2020 Consultative Committee was established in May 2019.  It provides a forum to allow stakeholders express their views and remain updated as the CAP reform discussions progress. Membership, meeting documents and presentations can be viewed here.



Public Consultation on CAP Strategic Plan post 2020 

For CAP Post 2020, each Member State will have to develop a CAP Strategic Plan. As part of Ireland’s preparations for the CAP Strategic Plan a full Public Consultation was held in Autumn 2019. Members of the public were able to submit submissions and in addition three regional public events were held. The submissions can be viewed here


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