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Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Act 2020

Section 3 – Power to provide for the operation of CAP legislation beyond 2020

105.This section provides for the Scottish Ministers to be able, by regulations subject to the affirmative procedure, to modify the main CAP legislation in order to ensure that the provisions of the CAP legislation can continue to operate in Scotland for one or more years beyond 2020.

106.Subsections (2) and (3) provide that the power extends to determining for any year a national ceiling as referred to in Article 6 of the Direct Payments Regulation.(22) This ceiling sets a limit on the amount that can be paid out as direct payments.

107.The national ceiling for each Member State is as specified in Annex II to that Regulation, and that ceiling became part of retained EU law after exit (but see paragraph 109 below). Article 6, as it has effect as retained EU law, has also been modified so that it can be adapted by regulations made by the Secretary of State with the consent of each of the relevant authorities for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Scottish Ministers are the relevant authority for Scotland.

108.Subsection (3)(b) allows the Scottish Ministers to confer functions on any appropriate person in the making of such a determination for any year.

109.As set out above, the current CAP framework provides for the period 2014 to 2020. The power will therefore enable the Scottish Ministers to modify the main CAP legislation for the purpose of ensuring that it will operate after 2020. For example, there is currently no ceiling for direct payments in respect of any year after 2020. The power can be used to specify a new ceiling or ceilings for the purposes of Article 6 of the Direct Payments Regulation so ensuring that direct payments can be made from 2021 onwards.

110.A separate power is required as provision extending the operation of the main CAP legislation may require to do more than just simplify or improve the operation of that legislation (for which see section 2).


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