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CAAV Members' Briefing: inc. EU audit & Environmental Stewardship, CAP post 2013 - 15 December 2010

23 November 2010

There will be a half day briefing for CAAV members on 15th December in Birmingham which will cover a range of current topics and emerging issues including:-

  • Environmental Stewardship changes as a consequence of the EU audit (changes to applications and payments)
  • DEFRA Spending Review
  • SPS Online for agents
  • SPS entitlements transfers for 2011
  • CAP reform post 2013

Please contact Elaine Neades for further information and booking - or 01594 832979.

Commission publishes CAP reform post 2013 Communication

18 November 2010

 The European Commission has published their official communication relating to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2013. For further information please go to the following links. We will provide further briefing on this website in due course.

The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future (Commission communication)

Press release:

Background note: Commission Communication on the future of the CAP

DEFRA announces Environmental Stewardship payment changes as result of EU audit

16 November 2010

DEFRA has announced how payments for Environmental Stewardship agreement holders will change as a result of an EU audit. Further details have also been given with regard to the budget available for HLS in terms of the temporary suspension to HLS agreements and the Comprehensive Spending Review. Further information is available on the Natural England website. Further briefing on these changes will be given on this website as well as at the CAAV Members' Briefing on 15th December in Birmingham. For further details of this event please see "Events".

DEFRA not to sell off National Parks

11 November 2010

Following a report on Farming Today that DEFRA was to sell off National Parks in England, DEFRA has today confirmed that is not the case, particularly as the majority of them are privately owned. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

ECJ issues judgment on identification of CAP support recipients

10 November 2010

The European Court of Justice has just struck down a rule compelling member states to identify all recipients of CAP support. We will brief further when we have details. The full judgment is available on the Bailii website.

The Prince's Countryside Fund opens for applications

03 November 2010

The Prince's Countryside Fund is open for applications for funding for projects which will help to secure a sustainable future for British farming. The current application window closes on 1st December 2010. For further information, visit The Prince's Countryside Fund website.

Pack Inquiry Report into Agricultural Support in Scotland

03 November 2010

The Brain Pack Inquiry Report into the future of support for agriculture in Scotland has been published today and can be downloaded from the Scottish Government website. More detail on the report will be available to CAAV members later today.

BIS White Paper on local growth

29 October 2010

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has published a white paper on Local Growth, which can be downloaded from the BIS website.

Scotland not to sell off Forests

28 October 2010

Following the Welsh Assembly Government's confirmation earlier this week that they were not intending to sell off forests in Wales, the Scottish Government has also stated that this is similarly the case in Scotland. Further information is available on the Forestry Commission Scotland website.

Simulated FMD outbreak in November to test Government's ability to respond

27 October 2010

A simulated FMD national scale outbreak is to be carried out on 9/10 November 2010 to test the Government's ability to respond to disease and identify improvements that could be made to processes and plans. Further information is available on the Animal Health website.

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