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This is the fifteenth explainer in the Ask the IIEA series. These explainers aim to answer common questions about European affairs and to provide an insight into what’s going on in the EU.

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the EU’s central support mechanism for the EU’s farming industry. Traditionally, CAP has been a core part of the EU budget and a political priority for many Member States. This explainer examines how CAP works in practice, how expenditure on CAP is changing and how CAP is being reformed to reflect new policy priorities.

This explainer can be read here.

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