28.03.13 | News

Commission tables proposal for "Financial Discipline" for CAP Direct Payments in 2014 financial year

With the forecast for expenditure on CAP Direct Payments & Market measures for 2014 higher than the provisional ceiling for 2014 agreed by EU heads of government, the European Commission has tabled a proposal for "Financial Discipline" to ensure that spending remains within budget limits. The concept, established in 2003 but never triggered until now, requires the Commission to make a proposal...

27.03.13 | News

More than 40 000 tobacco growers received subsidies from State Fund Agriculture

State Fund Agriculture (SFA) paid out approximately 72 million BGN in Complementary National Direct Payments for Tobacco. More than 40 000 tobacco producers received the money. The aid is paid out per kilogram of tobacco grown and sold in the years 2007-2009. Producers can check the amount they have received on the SFA website. In the following weeks, SFA will process 436 applications under...

20.03.13 | News

Slovakia, Slovenia refuse to sign off on CAP deal

Agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (19 March) forged an incomplete compromise farm policy ahead of key negotiations on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), with Slovakia and Slovenia refusing to sign off on the deal. The most divisive issues in the 2014-2020 CAP have been the force of environmental measures, establishing a uniform per-acre payment for farmers,...

19.03.13 | News

Commission helps Member States to get on track with sustainable waste management

Every year, each European citizen generates over 500 kilos of municipal waste, more than one third of which goes directly to landfill. Whereas some Member States manage to put those resources to productive use, recycling or composting around 60% of their municipal waste, others struggle to manage it. Today Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik is participating in a high level seminar in...