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Spain – CAP Strategic Plan

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


Rural areas
77% of Spain is covered by predominantly rural areas and intermediate regions.
Rural population
3.4% of the Spanish population live in predominantly rural areas and 33.3% live in intermediate regions.
800 000
There are more than 800 000 farmers in Spain, half of whom own farms of 5 hectares or less.

Goal and strategy

Spain has designed a strategy that combines national and regional elements. This will provide support to all farmers with a fair approach, while taking into account regional specificities. The Spanish CAP Plan seeks the sustainable development of farming, food, and rural areas, ensuring food security through a competitive agri-food sector. To reach this objective, the consolidation of a lively rural environment will be a key focus, thanks to a wide range of measures aimed at contributing to environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

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Factsheet10 November 2023
At a glance: Spain's CAP Strategic Plan

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

  • En síntesis: España Plan Estratégico De La PAC

    Visión general de los elementos y opciones clave definidos por España en su plan estratégico de la PAC aprobado para la aplicación de la PAC 2023-27.

    (1.49 MB - PDF)

Spain's CAP Strategic Plan 2023-27

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More information on the national website


  1. 30 August 2023
  2. 31 August 2022

    The Commission approved Spain’s CAP Strategic Plan.

  3. 27 July 2022

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

  4. 21 April 2022

    Spain’s comments on Commission observation letter.

  5. 31 March 2022

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

  6. 29 December 2021

    Spain submitted its first proposal for a CAP Strategic Plan.

  7. 18 December 2020

    Commission issued a Staff Working Document containing recommendations for Spain’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

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

Observation letters

28 APRIL 2022
Commission observation letter on Spain's CAP strategic plan
28 APRIL 2022
Spain's comments on Commission observation letter – 1
28 APRIL 2022
Spain's comments on Commission observation letter – 2

Staff Working Documents

Commission Staff Working Document SWD2020 (374) – Spain

30 MARCH 2021
Documento de trabajo de los servicios de la Comisión SWD2020 (374) – España