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A European online survey for farmers and all smaller suppliers across the food supply chain

Mar 1, 2024 | EU Institutions

Author: Blanca Casares (AEIDL)

On 22 February 2024, the European Commission sent a paper to the Belgian Presidency outlining possible actions to help reduce the administrative burden weighing on farmers’ shoulders. The document, discussed with Member States in the agricultural Council of 26 February, lists a range of short- and mid-term actions that can be taken to achieve simplification.

For the development of further simplification actions, the European Commission has launched a survey addressed at farmers and all smaller suppliers across the food supply chain to share their views on their experience with unfair trading practices. Managed jointly by the Joint Research Centre and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, the survey is available online in all EU languages until 15 March 2024. 

During the agricultural Council of 26 February, agriculture ministers highlighted the importance of this process, aimed at identifying the main sources of concern for farmers and understanding which elements stemming from Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) rules lead to greater administrative burden.

The results of the survey, along with a detailed analysis, are due to be published by the Commission in the autumn of 2024.