EU Agricultural Policy Reform: Evaluating the EU’s New Methodology for Direct Payments

Koester, Ulrich – Loy, Jens-Peter

Keywords: agricultural policy, situation assessment, indicators, income, utility test, database, Q14, Q18

The Common Agricultural Policy has changed significantly over time. Major changes are now introduced every seven years, with the last fundamental change agreed upon in 2013 for the period 2014-2020. Policymakers also agreed to a mid-term review in order to evaluate the performance of numerous new regulations. The Commission has elaborated a methodology for the evaluation and has already published some documents with initial results for past periods. This article reviews whether the methodology and database used by the Commission are in line with the highest standards for policy evaluation.