Speech made at the High Level Forum on State Aid Modernisation, Brussels, 28 June 2017.
European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, and He Lifeng, Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, have signed today in Brussels a Memorandum of Understanding to start a dialogue on state aid control. Full article…
The Common Agricultural Policy is now governed at an external level by the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and more specifically by its Agreement on Agriculture of 15 April 1994.
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has undergone five major reforms, the most recent of which were in 2003 (mid-term review), in 2009 (the ‘Health Check’) and in 2013 (for the 2014-2020 financial period). Initial discussions on the post-2020 CAP began in 2016.
The CMO is the framework for the market measures provided for under the CAP. Following a series of reforms, 21 separate CMOs were codified into a single CMO, covering all agricultural products, in 2007. Reforms to the CAP have, in addition, gradually made the policy more market-oriented and scaled down the role of intervention tools, which are now regarded as safety nets to be used only in the event of a crisis.
Written answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the Commission to a question (Rule 130) by Petr Mach (EFDD) regarding “Breach of Article 107 TFEU by Spain – illegal State aid for Comercial de la Forja, S.A.”