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Directorate D 
  SG-D-3 – Resource Efficiency  
Brussels, 15 February 2017 
SI(2017) 49 
Meeting of the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) 
Brussels, 13 February 2017 - Summary record 

The Special Committee for Agriculture was briefed by the Commission on the recently launched 
public consultation on simplification and modernisation of the CAP. A Ministerial policy debate on 
the matter is scheduled for the AGRI Council in March. The SCA proceeded with the discussion on 
CAP simplification in the context of the Omnibus proposal, where the Presidency aims at establishing 
Council's negotiating position by April. Whilst the formal Council's position in view of the trilogues 
with the European Parliament will be established in Coreper II, SCA-related issues will be ring-fenced 
within that mandate and Coreper II will not reopen these chapters. The SCA also briefly discussed two 
recent Reports by the European Court of Auditors on which the Presidency aims at adoption of 
Council Conclusions. 
Further information: 
Adoption of the agenda 

Summary record of the 1541th meeting of the SCA 
5505/17 CRS CSA 1 
Consultation on Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural 
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111 
Office: L130 - Tel. direct line 

On 2 February 2017, the Commission launched a three-month public consultation on the 
future of the CAP. The Commission outlined the main points of the consultation and set out 
the next steps in this process. 
The Commission stressed the need of modernisation in order to maximise the CAP’s 
contribution towards sustainable development and to accommodate the farmers’ needs. Also 
stability needs to be insured on the markets, and account taken of the shift in the multilalteral 
framework. The Commission also mentioned to occurrence of a conference foreseen for July 
2017 and a Commission Communication foreseen to be adopted by the end of 2017. 
A number of delegations (
 raised clarifications questions concerning the 
budgetary implications, the Treaty obligations, and the relevance of the food (chain) 
The Commission confirmed the primacy of the Treaty objectives, but stressed the need to 
adapt the general rules to the current farmers' challenges. The budget implications will be 
subject to the future political discussion. The Commission also confirmed its intention to 
include food chain policies in CAP post 2020 discussions, and to include the topic in the 
impact assessment exercise. Regarding the farmers’ position in the food chain, the 
Commission underlined the conclusions of the task force. Finally, the Commission also 
confirmed its determination to process the large number of responses it will receive in 
response of the public consultation. 
PRES took note of the Commission presentation of modernising CAP, of the delegations’ 
questions and of the Commission replies, confirming that a discussion on the future of 
the CAP is planned for the March Agriculture and Fisheries Council. 
 DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.: 
The special reports of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) on the Land 
Parcel Identification System (No 25/2016) and on cross-compliance (No 
– Exchange of views 
 had asked for these two reports to be discussed. These delegations have 
noted that the ECA's recommendations related to control systems may lead to possible 
administrative burden and costs for Member States, and are therefore relevant in the 
context of the discussion on the future of the CAP. 
The main points raised by Member States concerning the cross-compliance (CC) report at 
yesterday´s SCA: 
•  COM should provide more support to MS concerning implementation and application 
of policies instead of auditing (
•  LPIS and CC should be revised in light of cost – benefit ratio (


•  In light of ECA´s recommendation 3 of the Special Report on CC (26/2016), MS 
control obligations and obligations for farmers should be simplified (
•  ECA´s recommendation 4 on crossings between greening and CC is supported (
•  The ECA recommendations should be considered for the CAP post-2020 (
•  CC controls should be risk based and the total number of controls reduced (
•  Sanctions should only relate to the payment affected e.g. animal related infringements 
should only result in reducing animal related payments (
•  Obligation to increase on-the-spot checks(for the SMR concerned) in case of an 
increase number of infringements to be considered for OMNIBUS (
•  No additional requirements (
 but asked to integrated SUD and water 
framework Directive (
•  Flexibility for climatic conditions and small farmers requested (
•  Define intentionality (
•  More guidance on sanctions in accordance with ECA´s recommendation no.6 (
•  Simplification already achieved was recognised (
•  No comments on CC (  
The Commission shared the delegations concerns regarding the need to modernise and 
simplify the implementation of these two policies, thereby reducing the administrative 
burden. The Commission also agreed with the delegations that cost effectiveness 
considerations should be included when assessing the design of these policies. For LPIS 
in particular, the Commission agreed the ECA conclusions need to be implemented in a 
pragmatic way. The Commission also pointed out that a reduction of the number of on-
the-spot controls (from 5% to 1%) is already possible today in case the concerned error 
rates are deemed reliable (i.e. below the materiality threshold of 2%). Also, the penalties 
should be proportional to the financial risks identified and minimised where possible as 
the purpose is not to penalise the farmers (COM recently lowered sanctions in area 
related sanctions, also introducing the so-called "yellow card"). However, the 
Commission underlined that the risk analyses carried out for the on-the-spot control need 
to be of a sufficient quality in order to be useable as in some case the error rates found 
when using a random risk sample were higher than the error rates obtained from risk-
based controls. Finally, the Commission also mentioned that the term “intentionality” has 
been recently defined by the ECJ in a judgment.   
 welcomed the support received from the other delegations and asked for a more 
proactive stance from the Commission.  
PRES took note of the views of the Delegations and the relevance of the ECA 
recommendations on LPIS and CC, and on the need to take these into consideration in the 
post 2020 CAP discussions. PRES will invite AGRIFISH COUNCIL to put this on the 
agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council planned for the March 2017. 


 DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.: 
Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on 
the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and amending 
Regulations (EU) No 1296/2013, (EU) No 1299/2013, (EU) 1301/2013, (EU) No 
1303/2013, EU No 1304/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013, (EU) No 
1307/2013, (EU) No 1308/2013, (EU) No 1309/2013, (EU) No 1316/2013, (EU) No 
223/2014,(EU) No 283/2014, (EU) No 652/2014 of the European Parliament and of 
the Council and Decision No 541/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the 
Council (Omnibus proposal) (First reading) Interinstitutional file: 2016/0282 (COD) 

– Exchange of views 
The delegations were asked by the PRES to express their views on the following eight 
amendments:  active farmer and income stabilisation tool from the Rural Development 
Regulation; financial discipline and common provisions from the Horizontal Regulation; 
permanent grassland and young farmers scheme from the Direct Payments Regulation; and 
national financial assistance and regional crises from the CMO Regulation. The Presidency 
insisted on its intention to reach an agreement within the Council by April. For this reason, 
delegations were asked to employ self-restraint in their proposals and to express their views 
without entering into detailed drafting suggestions. This was without prejudice to subsequent 
additional amendments.  
On regional crises (from the CMO Regulation) 
 requested explicitly to reflect on why the 
relative provisions were only used once, especially given the budgetary margin and savings 
made in the CMO context, arguing that current framework lacks the necessary flexibility to 
be very responsive.  
The Commission took note of the different interventions and offered its continued technical 
support to the Presidency, encouraging the Council secretariat to go forward. It also 
committed to sharing some changes it could already make in order to accommodate some 
suggested amendments. The Commission also reiterated its intention to maintain the initial 
schedule in order for the changes to enter into force on 1 December 2018. 
The PRES announced a compromise text (document 5936/17) to be published shortly with 
suggestions for discussion at the forthcoming SCA meeting of 20 February. Delegations 
were invited to submit their possible written comments to the PRES by Wednesday 15 
 DG AGRI, Assistant DDG3 Tel.: 
Distribution of foodstuff surpluses to most deprived persons and limitation of 
food waste (AOB) 
– Information from the 
 delegation informed the delegations about its food waste legislation adopted 
in August 2016. Four delegations (
 took the floor supporting the 
law and highlighting their national efforts towards reduction of food waste and promotion 
of food donation. 
 explicitly mentioned the importance of the EU Platform on 
Food Waste and 
 called for better coordination on food waste within the Commission. 


The Commission welcomed the 
 legislation and confirmed the fight against food waste 
to be one of its priorities. It pointed out the importance of the EU Platform on Food 
Waste in facilitating the exchange of best practices and their uptake at the national level. 
The Commission also reassured that food waste will be part of the CAP post 2020 
The Presidency took note of the 
 delegation point and of the comments made by the 
other delegations and the Commission’s reply. 
 DG SANTE, Unit 01; Tel.: 
Organisation of future work 
The next SCA will take place on 20 February. The indicative agenda includes the 
following points: Organic farming and Omnibus proposal. For the Omnibus proposal, the 
PRES foresees an exchange of views on the PRES compromise text in order to obtain a 
consolidated text for the subsequent SCA of 27 February. 
 delegation also requested for the following item to be put on the agenda of the 
SCA meeting of 20 February: Action Plan following the G20 meeting in Berlin of 21 
January 2017. The presidency took duly note of this suggestion. 
Following a request made by the 
 delegation, the PRES also confirmed that it does not 
foresee to adopt (draft) Council conclusions on the future of the CAP (or public 
consultation) for the March AGRFISH Council planned for 6 March 2017. 
 DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.: