Cap Agreement Process

In the early hours of Tuesday 21 July 2020, at around 5.30 a.m., after four days and four days of negotiations, the Heads of State and Government of the European Council reached agreement on both the next generation EU Recovery Instrument and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027. The unanimous agreement between 27 Heads of State and Government, who entered the negotiations with very different positions, was an astonishing political performance. And while the inevitable compromises were accompanied by regret, it is extraordinary that every leader expressed satisfaction with the end result. The CAP is a multi-stage process, which requires close cooperation between the assessment team composed of the institution`s paid and/or volunteer staff, a collection expert and a building appraiser. Last week, both the AGRIFISH Council and the European Parliament agreed on their negotiating mandates to enter the final phase of the approval process of the framework for the future CAP, thus paving the way for the trilogue process with the Commission with a view to reaching a final agreement on CAP legislation early next year. After 42 hours of negotiations, European Union (EU) countries have reached an agreement on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that will govern European agriculture between 2023 and 2027. The European Ministers of Agriculture gave the green light to the three regulations of this reform: that of the national strategic plans, that of the common market organisations and the regulation on the financing of aid. Only Lithuania voted against the agreement, Latvia, Bulgaria and Romania abstained. Section 5.1 of the FMYN CAP contract requires Reclamation, on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior, to approve all of these agreements.

The agreement authorizes the use of the CAP system to implement the final critical parts of the waterbank`s innovative program in which the state of Arizona has participated since the mid-1990s. The agreement provides CAP with the operating flexibility to recover stored water at a lower cost, including more than four million CAP Acre Feet water stored by the AWBA in aquifers in central and southern Arizona. The agreement also resolves legal, financial and operational issues related to cycling. The agreement allows CAP to cycle off-project water deliveries through the PAC system, in accordance with standard form cycling agreements and expanded system capacity. Wheeling by the Reclamation Office is also permitted. Finally, the agreement helps to maximise the beneficial use of the CAP system by widening the possibility for long-term contractors to exchange parts of the allocation with another party. In order to ensure the efficient operation of the system, both for new and existing uses, the Agreement establishes a planning priority system that reconciles conflicts of delivery capacity. After the Council`s agreement, the European Parliament plans to vote on the whole reform next Friday.

This is followed by the “trilogues”, during which the Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament will complete negotiations on the regulations that should be finalised early next year. The procedure for approving the regulation will then take place and states will have to finalise their national strategic plans. . . .

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