The Common Agricultural Policy has considerably evolved over the years. Several reform steps undertaken in 1992 (Mc Sharry Reform), 1999 (Agenda 2000) and the 2003 reform have increased market orientation and allowed to better respond to competitiveness and sustainability objectives.

The ongoing reform of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013 is expected to address new challenges such as price volatility, the improvement of price transparency along the supply chain, the necessity of keeping market instruments intervention, export refunds, the weight of the first pillar as compared to the second, private storage and direct payments.

The European oilseeds crushing industry’s main objective has always been to ensure that the Common Agriculture Policy helps guarantee access to quality and sustainable EU raw materials in sufficient quantity to serve the food, feed, non-food and energy markets.

Along with its partners of the PFP (Primary Food Processors) FEDIOL has identified the following priorities for the CAP beyond 2013:

  • Maintaining a level playing field between EU competitors and the EU first processing industry;
  • Ensuring that the EU can pursue a responsible imports policy in the WTO negotiations, including a sustainable eventual level of import tariffs and adequate protection against extreme volatility;
  • Maintaining appropriate supply management systems and safety nets to deal with increasingly unpredictable and volatile EU market conditions;
  • Providing tools to consider how best to contribute to stabilizing markets and avoiding extreme price volatility.
  • Maintaining an imports management policy which enables the EU to achieve its objectives for food security and sustainability, as well as accommodating the balance of past EU reforms outcome.