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EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Network


The governance (organisational structure) of the European CAP Network is based on an Assembly and a Steering group

The Assembly is an overarching body that provides strategic guidance for the networking activities. 

The Steering group is an operational and coordination body that ensures that the Network’s activities are coherent and complement each other. 

This organisational structure was used by the previous EU rural networks, namely the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) and the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI). The ENRD and EIP-AGRI have been merged and are now part of the EU CAP Network. The current structure builds on the positive experience of the ENRD and EIP-AGRI.

The members of the Assembly include representatives from:

  • Managing authorities and paying agencies responsible for national CAP strategic plans; 
  • National CAP networks; 
  • LEADER Local Action Groups; 
  • Farm advisory services; 
  • Research institutes active in innovation activities linked to projects run by EIP Operational Groups; 
  • EU-wide non-governmental organisations active in the field of agriculture and rural development at the EU level; and
  • Organisations representing regional or local authorities active in agriculture and rural development at the EU level.

Current designated members of the ENRD and EIP-AGRI Assembly will continue with their role in the EU CAP Network structure in the transitional period until these various categories of stakeholders have been designated and their membership in the organisational structure of the EU CAP Network can be updated.

In addition, three sub-groups of the Assembly will focus on thematic work with CAP stakeholders and EU Member States’ administrations regarding:

  1. LEADER;
  2. Innovation and knowledge exchange; and 
  3. Implementation of the CAP strategic plan.

The Commission Implementing Decision, which is currently subject to the adoption procedure, defines the structure of the EU CAP Network and how it will operate.

Check this page regularly for updates on the set-up of the governance structure for the EU CAP Network!