Thematic Group on CAP Strategic Plans: Monitoring Committees

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According to EU Regulation 2021/2115, which lays down the rules on support for CAP Strategic Plans (CSPs), monitoring of the CSPs is expected to be a shared responsibility between the National Managing Authority and a National Monitoring Committee, with the latter also responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the implementation of the CSP (including where applicable, the scope to establish and compose regional monitoring committees within a national framework).   

 Each Member State is required to publish the rules of procedure and opinions of the Monitoring Committee and decide on its composition, ensuring a balanced representation of the relevant public authorities, intermediate bodies and of representatives of the partners.  

 The Thematic Group (TG) provided an opportunity to build on the momentum of the previous Thematic Group on CAP Strategic Plans: Towards Implementation, bringing together a selection of stakeholders alongside Network Support Units (NSUs), Managing Authorities (MAs), regional authorities and Paying Agencies (PAs) involved in the implementation of CSPs. This was an opportunity to be part of a committed group of experts and relevant stakeholders engaging in real EU-wide networking, sharing experiences and contributing to wider policy reflection. 

Members exchanged on the design and operation of Monitoring Committees as part of wider governance of CSP Implementation at national and sub-national levels. The TG focused on how MAs will ensure the involvement of stakeholders relevant for the EAGF-supported interventions under the CSPs in the Monitoring Committees of the current programming period.  

The TG also provided members with opportunities to explore how inclusive Monitoring Committees are in terms of attracting appropriate representation from across the rural spectrum, e.g. gender, ethnicity and age, NGOs or stakeholders active in environmental issues, and ensuring there is appropriate capacity within the membership to ensure that all voices are heard, are on an equal footing and are valued by the Monitoring Committee as a whole. 

The objectives of this TG were to:      

  • Exchange experiences in the establishment and operation of current Monitoring Committees, including any reflections on applying important lessons learned from previous programming periods.  
  • Identify and share possible good practices on different aspects of Monitoring Committees operations (from current and previous programming periods). 
  • Understand how the National Networks could effectively support the operation of the Monitoring Committees.   
  • Develop conclusions that will inform and provide advice for Member States on the effective setting-up and functioning of Monitoring Committees. 

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BackgroundPaper - 1st Meeting TG Monitoring Committees

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