CAP reform

Agrifood 22-03-2017

Smart farming seeks role in post-2020 CAP

Precision farming could play a leading role in making EU agriculture more sustainable. But green NGOs claim that the concentration of food production in the hands of the agri-food industry will have catastrophic consequences.

Agrifood 21-03-2017

Hogan: Data ownership should not weaken farmers’ position

Data ownership and access should be organised in such a way that farmers' competitiveness is improved, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Agrifood 20-03-2017

Smart farming hinges on e-skills and rural internet access

The digitisation of agriculture could help Europe address food security and environmental issues at the same time. But realising this vision will require e-skills, proper broadband infrastructure and big data management, experts warn.

Agrifood 20-03-2017

EU farming getting smarter

The European Union is exploring ways of helping its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) enter the digital era after 2020.

Agrifood 14-03-2017

Report: ‘Multifunctional’ women could save EU rural areas

Women can help revive declining rural areas in the EU and prevent further urbanisation, say MEPs in a new report.

Agrifood 13-03-2017

After the CAP: What future for British agri-trade ?

With Article 50 set to be triggered this month, negotiations will begin on Britain’s exit from the EU.

Agrifood 02-03-2017

Phil Hogan: ‘EU wants to help farmers negotiate good prices’

Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, attended the Paris International Agriculture Show on Thursday (2 March), to reassure French farmers that the EU executive is fighting their corner. Hogan spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

CETA 28-02-2017

Hogan: Balanced trade deals beneficial for EU farming

Trade deals have boosted EU agricultural exports as well as employment in agri-food and other economic sectors, a new European Commission study has found.

Agrifood 27-02-2017

Brexit churns unease for Britain’s speciality cheese

In the rolling countryside of southwest England, farmer Charles Martell is tending to his rare breed of cattle while two of his dairy workers get to work making Single Gloucester cheese – a British delicacy that is protected under EU law. For now.

Agrifood 27-02-2017

Brexit sows seeds of doubt for British farmers

Dependent on foreign workers and subsidies from Brussels, the United Kingdom's small but important agricultural sector is losing sleep over the possible fallout from Brexit, but hopes a future outside the EU will open up new export opportunities.

Economy & Jobs 24-02-2017

Copa-Cogeca: New export markets did not increase EU farmers’ income

The EU found new niche markets to balance the losses of the Russian embargo but this has not translated into increased income for farmers, Pekka Pesonen told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 21-02-2017

How much CAP is on our plates?

The European Commission has just started the first phase of modernising and simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Economy & Jobs 21-02-2017

The European Union, an agri-food world power

The food industry accounts for seven out of every €100 of trade between the European Union and the rest of the world. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.

Agrifood 21-02-2017

Farmers target growth through direct sales and short supply chains

Farmers in France are seeking growth through direct sales, short supply chains and local agriculture, targeting a burgeoning market in local produce. Euractiv France reports.

Agrifood 08-02-2017

Strengthening the strategic role of women in rural communities

The Common Agricultural Policy, particularly in its second pillar, contains measures and resources to improve gender equality and women’s access to work and economic activity. The gender equality gap is wider in rural areas than in cities.

Agrifood 03-02-2017

Agri-machinery expert: EU CAP should go digital to be ‘green and attractive’

The post-2020 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should include targeted support measures for farmers to invest in precision farming technologies with proven environmental benefits, Ulrich Adam said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 20-01-2017

Organic farmers call for sustainability-driven CAP payments

The EU Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU) yesterday (19 January) sent a letter to EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan, calling for a “fundamentally new approach” to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Agrifood 17-01-2017

EU auditors slam Commission’s food waste policies

In a report published today (17 January), the EU Court of Auditors heavily criticised the European Commission for its failure to contribute to a resource-efficient food supply chain by effectively tackling food waste.

Agrifood 13-01-2017

New German study backs further agricultural reform

Europeans are not happy with the way €55 billion of their taxes is spent on agricultural studies, according to a new study, which has backed further tinkering with the EU's farming policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.

UK & Europe 04-01-2017

UK promises scrapping ‘three-crops’ farm rule post-Brexit

The UK’s new agriculture minister has promised a major scrapping of EU farming regulation - including key green measures - after it leaves the bloc.

Enlargement 02-01-2017

Romanian PM hails decade of EU membership as time in office ends

Former European Commissioner and outgoing Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş has hailed his country’s decade of EU membership as a period of growth, development and consolidation of democracy. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Agrifood 23-12-2016

McGuinness: The balance between science and public opinion is ‘difficult’

Scientists should be more open about their findings, and lawmakers need to take the time to read and reflect on them. But today, with the rise of social media, it is difficult to strike the right balance between science and public opinion, MEP Mairead McGuinness told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 23-12-2016

Japan overtakes Russia in EU agri-food exports

Japan has overtaken Russia as the fourth most important export destination of EU agri-food products after the United States, China, and Switzerland, a new European Commission report has found (23 December).

Agrifood 23-12-2016

Agricultural innovation: A driver for sustainability?

As the global population continues to grow, lawmakers are looking for innovation-driven solutions to feed the world while addressing the environmental impact of agriculture.