BORDERS MP Michael Moore met with Dacian Cioloş, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development last week to raise Scottish farming interests in the ongoing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform negotiations.
The meeting was organised by George Lyon MEP, former NFUS president and now Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland, who is at the heart of the CAP negotiations. The outcome of CAP reform negotiations in the EU will have huge impact on the framework under which Scottish farmers operate up to 2020.
During the discussions, Mr Moore emphasised the importance of flexibility in the final CAP package so that Member States are able to implement programmes that are appropriate to their particular national circumstances. This is because the landscape and farm types in Scotland are very different to elsewhere in the UK so the UK Government wants to be able to vary the means in which the CAP is implemented according to local conditions.
Mr Moore also raised the concerns of Scottish farmers about the speed of transition from historic to area based payments.