On 2 February 2017, the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development launched an open public consultation on modernising and simplifying the common agricultural policy (CAP). As a task within the "Framework contract for the evaluation studies for the CAP: synthesis and cross-thematic issues" (awarded to Ecorys-led consortium end of 2016), Ecorys analysed the results obtained after 12 weeks of public consultation and more than 322,000 responses from a wide range of stakeholders (mainly grouped in farmers and organisations). The high level of participation and the analysis of results have shown that Europeans hold great interest in agricultural and rural issues. In fact, the vast majority of participants considered these topics very important for their future and acknowledge as well the added value of managing agricultural policy at the European level.
To discuss the outcomes of this major consultation on the future of the CAP, DG AGRI organised on 7 July 2017 the conference "The CAP: Have your say!" (conference programme available here). Ecorys Brussels colleagues, Olivier Chartier and Evelien Cronin, presented the results of the open public consultation during the opening session alongside the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, the Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen, the Minister of Rural Affairs, Republic of Estonia Tarmo Tamm, and the Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament Czeslaw Adam Sieikierski. Their presentation is accessible here.
For more information:
- "The CAP: Have your say" – conference video.
- "The CAP: Have your say" – conference reports and documents.
- All replies to the consultation and a summary of the results.