- Composition of the Study group and timeline
- Administrator / Assistant in charge: Martine DELANOY / Isabel ANTUNES
The current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) entered into force in 2023, paving the way for a fairer, greener and more performance-based CAP. This policy was drawn up before the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic and energy crisis which worsened at the end of 2021, before the Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and while scientific evidence showing how food systems are affected by climate change, but are also contributing to it, is growing.
It is expected that a legislative proposal for the CAP post-2027 will be tabled during the mandate of the next European Commission in the course of 2025, with preparatory discussions starting already in 2024. Therefore, the Belgian presidency of the Council of the EU asked the EESC to provide an exploratory opinion on strategies for the post-2027 CAP.
The EESC will provide insights and concrete proposals from civil society for the CAP post-2027 to contribute in a timely manner to this legislative process in order to foster a comprehensive policy approach to the EU agricultural sector that meets economic, social and environmental needs, providing sustainable food production while ensuring farmers' livelihoods, adapting to and mitigating climate change, preserving biodiversity and restoring nature, delivering for all European citizens and rural communities.