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Ireland – CAP Strategic Plan

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

Overview

99%
Land use
99% of Ireland is covered by predominantly rural and intermediate regions.
135 000
Farms
There are around 135 000 farms in Ireland, with an average farm size of 33.4 hectares.
127 000
Active farmers
Total labour productivity is this sector is high.

Goal and strategy

Ireland has designed a strategy to promote the sustainable development of the farming and food sector by supporting viable farm incomes and enhancing competitiveness. The Irish CAP Plan also contributes to the achievement of environmental and climate objectives at national and EU levels and aims to improve socio-economic conditions in rural areas.

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Factsheet26 March 2024
At a glance: Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan

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

  • Sracfhéachaint ar: Phlean Straitéiseach CBT na hÉireann

    Forbhreathnú ar na príomhghnéithe agus ar na príomhroghanna arna sainiú ag Éirinn ina Plean Straitéiseach CBT formheasta maidir le cur chun feidhme CBT 2023-27.

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Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan 2023-27

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

Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan on the national website

Ireland’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.

More information on the national website

Timeline

  1. 9 February 2024
  2. 14 June 2023
  3. 31 August 2022

    The Commission approved Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan.

  4. 11 August 2022

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

  5. 22 April 2022

    Ireland’s comments on Commission observation letter.

  6. 31 March 2022

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

  7. 31 December 2021

    Ireland submitted its first proposal for a CAP Strategic Plan.

  8. 18 December 2020

    Commission issued a Staff Working Document containing recommendations for Ireland’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).

Documents

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2022
Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan – implementing decision
7 OCTOBER 2022
Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan – annex to the implementing decision

Observation letters

31 MARCH 2022
Commission observation letter on Ireland's CAP strategic plan
22 APRIL 2022
Ireland's comments on Commission observation letter

Staff Working Documents

Commission Staff Working Document SWD2020 (846) – Ireland