Radical revision of the CAP is recommended by experts
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CTA. 2003. Radical revision of the CAP is recommended by experts. Agritrade, December 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A high-level group of independent experts especially...
A high-level group of independent experts especially commissioned by EU President Romano Prodi to look into the EU's economic performance in terms of stability, cohesion and growth, has recommended amongst other things a reduction in CAP expenditures to one-tenth of current levels. This recommendation was supported by four observations: the size and cumbersome nature of the CAP budget has made the development of other activities difficult, without reining in agricultural expenditures; the CAP is now more about distributing resources to a specific group rather than an allocative policy promoting efficiency and production; enlargement will make a single policy less and less appropriate; the current CAP is incompatible with the Lisbon goals of ensuring value for money, growth and convergence in EU economies. A spokesperson for President Prodi made it clear that the views expressed were those of independent experts and did not represent an official opinion. Commission officials have also distanced themselves from the report's finding in the agricultural sphere. Comment: Given the radical nature of the recommendations from the independent group of experts it should come as no surprise that the Commission has distanced itself from the recommendations on agriculture. However, the recommendations are indicative of the growing impatience with the CAP and will strengthen the hand of the Commission in pushing through its current set of reform proposals.