On Monday 21 June, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the Common agricultural policy and climate change.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
Since 2013, climate action has been one of the main objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy – the CAP. The European Commission attributed over €100 billion – more than a quarter of the total CAP budget – to mitigating and adapting to climate change during the 2014-2020 period.
The EU’s role in mitigating climate change in the agricultural sector is crucial because the EU sets environmental standards and co-finances most of Member States’ agricultural spending.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The EU’s 2021-2027 Common Agricultural Policy is currently under negotiation at EU level. This audit report is therefore timely, and its findings could be useful in the context of the EU’s objective of becoming climate-neutral by 2050. The audit examined whether the 2014-2020 CAP supported climate mitigation practices with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from three key sources: livestock, chemical fertilisers and manure, and land use (cropland and grassland). The auditors also analysed whether the CAP incentivised the uptake of effective mitigation practices better in the 2014-2020 period than it did in the 2007-2013 period.
ECA press office will hold a virtual briefing on Monday 21 June. Journalists who wish to participate should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The report and press release will be published on the ECA website eca.europa.eu at 5:00 p.m. CET on Monday 21 June.
The ECA member responsible for this report is Viorel Ștefan.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.