Libertarian Press exclusive: 2014 CAP budget reform

The Libertarian Press has uncovered the first draft of the Commission’s proposals for reform of the agriculture policy. Here it is:

The Common Agricultural Policy after 2014

Pillar I Direct Payments

Article 1

Each year, all member states shall prepare a list of people they consider to be active farmers and submit it to the Commission by 31 December.

Article 2

Each year, the Commission shall divide the total Pillar I budget by the total number of active farmers and pay the appropriate amount into the bank account of each active farmer.

Pillar II Rural Development

Article 1

Each year, all member states shall prepare a list of people they consider to be ‘green’ active farmers and submit it to the Commission by 31 December.

Article 2

Each year, the Commission shall divide the total Pillar II budget by the total number of ‘green’ active farmers and pay the appropriate amount into the bank account of each farmer.

Article 3

A farmer can only be on the second list if she is also on the first.

Our source tells us that this draft was rejected for the following reasons: it was

  • too simple,
  • too fair,
  • too comprehensible
  • too transparent

and, by virtue of these characteristics,

  • raised too many questions like “why do we run such a ridiculous policy?”

The Commission therefore concluded it might bring the EU into disrepute.  What followed you already know …

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The source of this article has chosen to remain anonymous 

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