The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the EU’s oldest and most important policies. Since its creation in the 1960s it has ensured the world’s highest standard of food security, safety and quality in Europe, while evolving many times, adapting to the changing needs of European citizens and the increasingly global challenges. Although it remains at heart a policy designed to support European farmers and ensure Europe’s food security, today’s CAP does much more than just that. Europe needs a resilient, sustainable and competitive agricultural sector to ensure production of high-quality,... safe and affordable food for its citizens and a strong socio-economic fabric in rural areas, and the CAP contributes significantly to achieving all these goals. Based on nine clear objectives, which reflect the economic, environmental and social pillars of the policy, the future CAP will continue to ensure access to high-quality food and strong support for the unique European farming model with an increased focus on the environment and climate, supporting the continued transition towards a more sustainable agricultural sector and the development of vibrant rural areas.