A draft of the EU Agriculture Commissioner’s written proposals on the shape of the next CAP reform, known in Brussels jargon as a “communication”, has been circulating ahead of its formal publication on 29 November.

While further drafts may emerge in coming weeks, it is likely that the basic shape of the CAP 2020 is contained in the current document. Overall, the proposals will disappoint farmers who were looking for major reform, though there are modifications that will make an impact.