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Italy – CAP Strategic Plan

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


1.1 million
Italy has around 1.1 million farms, which cover around 12.6 million hectares of the country’s agricultural area.
Agricultural land
More than 50% of the total area under agricultural use is classified as mountainous or with natural constraints.
Rural population
53% of the Italian population lives in rural or intermediate areas, with the agriculture and forestry sectors being important economic drivers.

Goal and strategy

The Italian CAP Plan aims at enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of the country’s diversified agriculture and rural areas. Its strategy addresses a wide scope of needs from the different territories. This includes an adequate income for farmers, protecting them from adverse climatic events, reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment, tackling labour exploitation, and improving the quality of life in rural areas. While the former regional Rural Development Programmes have converged into a single national CAP Strategic Plan, the Regions will continue to play a key role in the implementation of rural development interventions.

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Factsheet22 February 2024
At a glance: Italy's CAP Strategic Plan

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

  • In sintesi: il piano strategico della PAC dell'Italia

    Panoramica degli elementi e delle scelte chiave definiti dall'Italia nel piano strategico della PAC approvato per l'attuazione della PAC 2023-27

    (1.55 MB - PDF)

Italy's CAP Strategic Plan 2023-27

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Italy's CAP Strategic Plan on the national website

Italy’s annual performance reports:

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. 23 October 2023
  2. 2 December 2022

    The Commission approved Italy’s CAP Strategic Plan.

  3. 15 November 2022

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

  4. 31 March 2022

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

  5. 31 December 2021

    Italy submitted its first proposal for a CAP Strategic Plan.

  6. 18 December 2020

    Commission issued a Staff Working Document containing recommendations for Italy’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

Italy's CAP Strategic Plan – implementing decision
Italy's CAP Strategic Plan – annex to the implementing decision

Observation letters

28 APRIL 2022
Commission observation letter on Italy's CAP strategic plan – cover
28 APRIL 2022
Commission observation letter on Italy's CAP strategic plan – annex

Staff Working Documents

Commission Staff Working Document SWD2020 (396) – Italy

30 MARCH 2021
Documento di lavoro dei servizi della Commissione SWD2020 (396) — Italia