The current Rural Development Regulation (Reg. 1305/2013) entered into force in January 2015. The year 2014, although obviously falling within the 2014-2020 financial planning period, was treated as a ‘transitional’ year during which the old 2007-2013 schemes essentially continued in force (administered by Reg. 1310/2013). This was because of time delays in getting the new RDPs approved and implemented, due to the 2013 CAP reform.
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The information in this section of Policy Monitor is a guide to the different options which EU member states and regions are pursuing to implement CAP direct payments in the period 2015-2020. The information here is subject to change.
EU member states have the option of granting additional direct payments to farmers in ‘less favoured areas’ (LFAs). These are to be re-named ‘areas facing natural or other constraints’ (ANCs), with revised criteria, by 2018.
In the nine EU countries that do not use the euro (the UK, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Croatia), there are special rules to govern the conversion of direct payment amounts from euros into national currencies.
The EU applies specific EU-wide 'active farmer' rules to determine whether a claimant is eligible to claim support under the Direct Aid Payment scheme.
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