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Germany – CAP Strategic Plan

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An overview of Germany’s formally approved strategy to implement the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) nationally, as well as information on the process and related documents.


276 000
There are over 276 000 farms in Germany with an average size of around 61 hectares.
Young farmers
7% of farmers are under the age of 35, while around 40% are 55 years or older.
Rural population
Nearly 13 million people live in predominantly rural regions, which represents 16% of the population, while 41% live in intermediate regions.

Goal and strategy

Germany’s strategy is aimed at ensuring the sustainable competitiveness and resilience of farms and, at the same time improving the protection of natural resources and the climate. It also aims at boosting the quality of life in rural areas through investments, knowledge transfer and innovation. Germany has designed a strategy that combines national and regional elements. This will provide support to farmers across the country with a fair approach, while taking into account specificities of the Laender. Legislative or financial tools at national and/or regional level, which complement the actions of the CAP Plan have to be taken into account for a complete picture.

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Factsheet6 December 2023
At a glance: Germany's CAP Strategic Plan

Overview of key elements and choices defined by Germany in its approved CAP Strategic Plan for the implementation of the CAP 2023-27.

  • Auf einen Blick: Der Deutsche GAP-Strategieplan

    Überblick über die wichtigsten Elemente und Entscheidungen, die Deutschland in seinem genehmigten GAP-Strategieplan für die Umsetzung der GAP 2023-27 festgelegt hat.

    (1.94 MB - PDF)

Germany's CAP Strategic Plan 2023-27

The completeness of the information provided in the links is solely the responsibility of the competent national authorities.

Germany's CAP Strategic Plan on the national website

Germany’s 2023 annual performance report on the national website

The annual performance report (APR) presents: spending, outputs, and results achieved through the CAP Strategic Plan (CSP).

The APRs cover a qualitative and a quantitative overview of the CSPs’ implementation, providing an outline of the expenditures and performance achieved.


  1. 29 November 2023
  2. 21 November 2022

    The Commission approved Germany’s CAP Strategic Plan.

  3. 14 October 2022

    Germany submitted a revised proposal, addressing the Commission’s observations on the first draft.

  4. 9 June 2022

    Germany’s comments on Commission observation letter.

  5. 20 May 2022

    Commission sent an observation letter on Germany’s CAP Strategic Plan.

  6. 21 February 2022

    Germany submitted its first proposal for a CAP Strategic Plan.

  7. 18 December 2020

    Commission issued a Staff Working Document containing recommendations for Germany’s CAP Strategic Plan.

Legal basis

Regulation (EU) 2021/2115 establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by EU countries under the common agricultural policy (CAP Strategic Plans).


Specific requests to review the CAP Strategic Plan

20 JULY 2023
Art. 120 letters – Assessment of the impact on the CSP of changes to Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry, and the Effort Sharing Regulations

Implementing decision

23 NOVEMBER 2022
Germany's CAP Strategic Plan – implementing decision
23 NOVEMBER 2022
Germany's CAP Strategic Plan – annex to the implementing decision

Observation letters

12 JULY 2022
Commission observation letter on Germany's CAP strategic plan
12 JULY 2022
Commission observation letter on Germany's CAP strategic plan – annex
12 JULY 2022
German's comments on Commission observation letter

Staff Working Documents

Commission Staff Working Document SWD2020 (373) – Germany

30 MARCH 2021
Arbeitsunterlage der Kommissionsdienststellen SWD2020 (373) – Deutschland


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