Defra has published information about UK Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments made to ‘legal’ persons between 16 October 2008 and 15 October 2010 under all CAP schemes. EU legislation requires each Member State to publish CAP payment information relating to ‘legal’ persons on a single website.
‘Legal’ persons include:
- registered companies (i.e. private companies limited by shares or by guarantee, private unlimited companies and public limited companies);
- other corporations (e.g. bodies incorporated by statute or Royal Charter);
- partnerships with separate legal personality (i.e. Limited Liability Partnerships and partnerships under Scots law);
- trusts/trustees; or
- groups/associations of legal persons (e.g. a joint venture) without separate legal personality.
In accordance with the regulations CAP payment information relating to ‘natural’ persons (e.g. sole traders and partnerships/other groups without separate legal personality) will not be published.
The Commission intends to review the legislation in the longer-term, taking account of a judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union in November 2010. The UK will be pressing the Commission to bring forward new legislation that will maximise transparency and openness in the use of EU funds. The UK has consistently supported the provision of information relating to payments under the CAP.
The UK CAPpayments website can be found at: http://cap-payments.defra.gov.uk/.
CAP payments include market schemes, the Single Payment and other direct aid schemes and rural development schemes
Commission Regulation No. 259/2008 as amended by Commission Implementing Regulation 410/2011 requires each Member State to publish CAP payment information relating to ‘legal’ persons on a single website.