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Document 32014R0834

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 834/2014 of 22 July 2014 laying down rules for the application of the common monitoring and evaluation framework of the common agricultural policy

OJ L 230, 1.8.2014, p. 1–7 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2014/834/oj

1.8.2014   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 230/1


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 834/2014

of 22 July 2014

laying down rules for the application of the common monitoring and evaluation framework of the common agricultural policy

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of 17 December 2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 352/78, (EC) No 165/94, (EC) No 2799/98, (EC) No 814/2000, (EC) No 1290/2005 and (EC) No 485/2008 (1), and in particular Article 110(2) and (4) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 provides for a common monitoring and evaluation framework for measuring the performance of the common agricultural policy (CAP). For the application of that framework, rules need to be laid down which ensure a comprehensive and regular assessment of the progress, effectiveness and efficiency of the CAP against objectives. In order to allow Member States and the Commission to put in place a consistent monitoring and evaluation framework, a set of common indicators as referred to in Article 110(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 should be laid down.

(2)

Those indicators should be linked to the structure and objectives of the CAP and be based on measurable elements. Therefore, different types of indicators should be laid down in order to allow for the assessment of the CAP at all levels. Impact indicators should reflect the common main objectives of the CAP as set out in Article 110(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013. For each of those common main objectives more specific objectives can be identified, for which result indicators need to be laid down. Those specific objectives include farm income and farm income variability, improvement of the competitiveness of the agricultural sector, market stability, consumer expectations, provision of public goods and environmental preservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and maintenance of a diverse agriculture, as well as the specific objectives defined for the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), namely the Union priorities for rural development. In addition, the practical implementation of the CAP instruments should be monitored on the basis of output indicators that are able to reflect this operational level of the CAP.

(3)

It is important to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation framework can be used by Member States and the Commission efficiently and at the appropriate time. It should therefore be provided that Member States send the information necessary for the monitoring and evaluation of the CAP within the deadlines set by the relevant Regulations. With a view to avoiding any undue administrative burden, the Commission should, to the extent possible, use information already made available to it,

(4)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee on the Agricultural Funds,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Indicators

The indicators allowing for the assessment of the progress, effectiveness and efficiency of the common agricultural policy (CAP) against its objectives as referred to in Article 110(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 shall be measurable. Those indicators shall include:

(a)

impact indicators, as specified in Section 1 of the Annex to this Regulation, reflecting the areas where the CAP is expected to have an influence;

(b)

result indicators, as specified in Section 2 of the Annex to this Regulation, reflecting the main achievements of:

(i)

Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2);

(ii)

Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013;

(iii)

Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3); and

(iv)

Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4);

(c)

output indicators, as specified in Section 3 of the Annex to this Regulation, reflecting the implementation of related CAP instruments;

(d)

context indicators, as referred to in Section 4 of the Annex to this Regulation, reflecting relevant aspects of the general contextual trends that are likely to have an influence on the implementation, achievements and performance of the CAP.

Result indicators, output indicators and context indicators relevant for the monitoring and evaluation of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) shall be as set out in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 808/2014. (5).

Article 2

Provision of information

1.   Member States shall provide the Commission with the information necessary for the purpose of monitoring and evaluating the performance of the CAP within the deadlines for reporting and notifications of information relating to the operation of CAP instruments as provided for in Regulations (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013, (EU) No 1307/2013 and (EU) No 1308/2013. That information shall be accurate and reliable.

2.   For the purposes of the common monitoring and evaluation framework the Commission shall use, to the extent possible, the following information already made available by Member States via existing tools for information exchange:

(a)

information, notifications and reports made available to the Commission in relation to the implementation of the instruments operating within the CAP and to the implementation of relevant Union environmental legislation;

(b)

information made available to the Commission for the purposes of the clearance of accounts;

(c)

information made available to Eurostat.

Article 3

This Regulation shall enter into force on the seventh day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 22 July 2014.

For the Commission

The President

José Manuel BARROSO


(1)  OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 549.

(2)  Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 487).

(3)  Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing rules for direct payments to farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 637/2008 and Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 608).

(4)  Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 671).

(5)  Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 808/2014 of 17 July 2014 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (OJ L 227, 31.7.2014, p. 18).


ANNEX

Indicators of the common monitoring and evaluation framework of the CAP

1.   Impact indicators referred to in point (a) of the first subparagraph of Article 1

1.

Agricultural entrepreneurial income

2.

Agricultural factor income

3.

Total factor productivity in agriculture

4.

EU commodity price variability

5.

Consumer price evolution of food products

6.

Agricultural trade balance

7.

Emissions from agriculture

8.

Farmland bird index

9.

High nature value (HNV) farming

10.

Water abstraction in agriculture

11.

Water quality

12.

Soil organic matter in arable land

13.

Soil erosion by water

14.

Rural employment rate

15.

Degree of rural poverty

16.

Rural GDP per capita

2.   Result indicators referred to in point (b) of the first subparagraph of Article 1

1.

Share of direct support in agricultural income

2.

Variability of farm income

by type of farm

by economic size

3.

Value added for primary producers in the food-chain

4.

EU agricultural exports

share of EU agricultural exports in world exports

share of final products in EU agricultural exports

5.

Public intervention: % volume of products bought in intervention storage out of total EU production

6.

Private storage: % volume of products in private storage out of total EU production

7.

Export refunds: % volume of products exported with export refunds out of total EU production

8.

EU commodity prices compared to world prices (broken down by product)

9.

Value of production under EU quality schemes compared to total value of agricultural and food production

10.

Importance of organic farming

share of organic area in total utilised agricultural area (UAA)

share of organic livestock in total livestock

11.

Crop diversity

on farm (number of farms by number of crops and size)

in a region

12.

Share of grassland in total UAA

13.

Share of ecological focus area (EFA) in agricultural land

14.

Share of area under greening practices

15.

Net greenhouse gas emission from agricultural soils

16.

Structural diversity

in absolute terms

in relative terms

17.

Additional result indicators specified in Implementing Regulation (EU) No 808/2014.

3.   Output indicators referred to in point (c) of the first subparagraph of Article 1

Direct payments

Basic payment scheme

Number of farmers

Number of hectares

Single area payment scheme

Number of farmers

Number of hectares

Transitional national aid (TNA)

Number of farmers

Number of units for which TNA is granted (hectares/animals/other)

Redistributive payment

Number of farmers

Number of hectares

Greening

Total number of farmers who have to apply at least one greening obligation

Total number of hectares declared by those farmers

Greening exemptions

Number of farmers exempted by: organic farmers/exempted from crop diversification/exempted from EFA obligation

Number of hectares declared by these farmers (organic farmers/exempted from crop diversification/exempted from EFA obligation)

Crop diversification

Number of farmers subject to crop diversification (with 2 crops; with 3 crops)

Number of hectares of arable land declared by farmers subject to crop diversification (with 2 crops; with 3 crops)

Permanent grassland

Number of farmers with permanent grassland counting for the ratio

Number of hectares covered by permanent grassland declared by the farmers counting for the ratio

Number of farmers with permanent grassland in designated environmentally sensitive areas

Number of hectares covered by environmentally sensitive permanent grassland declared by these farmers

Number of hectares of designated environmentally sensitive permanent grassland (total)

EFA

Number of farmers subject to EFA requirements

Number of hectares of arable land declared by farmers subject to EFA

Number of hectares declared by farmers as EFA, broken down by EFA type

Equivalence

Number of farmers applying equivalent measures (certification schemes or agri-environment-climate measures)

Number of hectares declared by farmers implementing equivalent measures (certification schemes or agri-environment-climate measures)

Payment for young farmers

Number of farmers

Number of hectares

Small farmers' scheme

Number of farmers

Number of hectares

Voluntary coupled support

Number of beneficiaries of voluntary coupled support (broken down by sector)

Quantities eligible (number of hectares/number of animals broken down by sector)

Number of hectares

Number of animals

Payment for areas with natural constraints

Number of farmers

Number of hectares

National programmes for the cotton sector

Number of farmers

Number of hectares

Market measures

Public intervention

Volume

Duration

Private storage

Volume

Duration

Export refunds

Volume of products exported with export refunds

Exceptional measure

(as appropriate)

Producer organisations

% of production marketed by producer organisations and associations of producer organisations

School schemes

Number of final beneficiaries of school milk scheme

Number of final beneficiaries of school fruit scheme

Wine sector

Number of hectares of new vine plantings

Number of hectares of restructured vineyards

Number of promotion projects in the wine sector

Number of projects of investment and innovation measures

Horizontal aspects

Cross compliance

Number of hectares subject to cross-compliance

Share of CAP payments subject to cross-compliance

Quality policy

Geographical indications in the wine sector

Number of new protected designations of origin, protected geographical indication and traditional speciality guaranteed by sector

Organic farming

Number of hectares (total and under conversion)

Number of certified registered organic operators

Promotion policy

Number of programmes (in and outside the EU)

Number of new proposing organisations

Farm advisory system

Number of farmers advised

Rural Development

The output indicators specified in Implementing Regulation (EU) No 808/2014.

4.   Context indicators referred to in point (d) of the first subparagraph of Article 1

The indicators specified in Implementing Regulation (EU) No 808/2014.


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