Benefits of the CAP

The CAP has been providing EU citizens with a stable and safe food supply, while strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the EU agricultural sector. The CAP supports the agricultural sector by:

  • Providing affordable food whilst ensuring the good quality, health and safety issues of agricultural products
  • Protecting the environment and tackling climate change through innovative sustainable farming
  • Promoting jobs in the agricultural sector and improving productivity
  • Ensuring suitable living conditions for farmers   

CAP Historical timeline

1962
1984
1992
2003
2013
2020

1962

The CAP is adopted as a means to provide EU citizens with stable and safe food supply while strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of EU agriculture  

1984

Rise in productivity; farmers grow more food than needed. Measures are introduced to lower production levels to match the market demands.

 

1992

Producer support through direct payment to farmers, encouraging farmers to be more environmentally friendly

2003

Income support is conditionally provided. Farmers are responsible for fulfilling food safety requirements, environmental & animal health and welfare standards

2013

New CAP Reform; strengthening competitiveness, sustainable farming, innovation, support for rural areas

2020

New CAP Reform; the aim is to make the CAP more responsive to current and future challenges such as climate change and generational renewal, while supporting European farmers in achieving a sustainable and competitive agricultural sector

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