Daniel supports new approach to CAP penalties which will help local farmers

Dan has welcomed proposals from the European Commission for simplifications to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), including fairer and more proportionate penalties which will support farmers in the West Midlands.

The Commission has proposed a new "yellow card" system, with penalties for genuine mistakes by famers reduced by 50 percent.

Penalties can currently be more than twice the value of any over-declaration.

However thanks to new technology available for area measurement this will now be simplified by the application of a penalty which is 1.5 times the value of the over-declared area.

Daniel commented: "This announcement will be welcomed by the farming community across the West Midlands, and I hope this move towards simplification which will spark a long-term culture change in the agriculture industry."

"There is a direct link between the complexity of regulation and error rate, as we see the same errors appearing time and time again.”

"Regulation must not be over-burdensome, and penalties must be proportionate and fair, otherwise they risk creating a feeling of distrust and fear.”