CAP reform

Agrifood 10-11-2017

Agriculture expert: A ‘third body’ is needed between science and EU politicians

In order to rebuild confidence in EU decision-making, there is a need to establish a “third independent body” between EU politicians and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as neither NGOs nor the industry can say whether a substance should be banned or not.

Agrifood 27-10-2017

British farmers’ boss: I hope outside the EU, decisions will be science-based

The leader of Britain's farming union, Meurig Raymond, hopes that the agriculture-related decisions made in London after his country leaves the EU will be more science-based and less emotional than is currently the case in Europe.

Agrifood 10-10-2017

UK shadow minister: Britain needs a real food policy after Brexit

After Brexit, the UK should develop a real food policy focused on consumer health and self-sufficiency, while ensuring public money gets to the farmers who need it, David Drew told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Development Policy 26-09-2017

FAO official: GMOs not needed but we should be open to biotechnologies

The requirements of food production can be met without GMOs but we should not eliminate the broader benefits that biotechnologies can provide, Daniel Gustafson told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 18-09-2017

Greenpeace director: CAP’s two-pillar structure has failed, we need a new contract

The direct payments pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy has too often wiped out the environmental benefits provided by parts of the rural development pillar, therefore real reform is needed to move the EU away from industrial farming practices, Greenpeace’s Marco Contiero told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Marco Contiero is Greenpeace's food and agriculture director. He …

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 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.

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 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 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 15-12-2016

José Bové: ‘The purpose of agriculture is to feed our citizens’

The European executive will reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by the end of 2017. José Bové and Éric Andrieu argue for an agricultural system that puts the environment, human health and small businesses first. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France reports.

Agrifood 26-10-2016

Éric Andrieu: ‘The CAP has been disastrous for jobs’

A European Parliament report calls on the EU to target subsidies at small and medium-sized businesses and promote short supply chains and organic food in order to boost employment in the agricultural sector. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 06-10-2016

COPA chief: ‘All farmers should be connected to the worldwide web’

Being connected to the internet has become "vital" for farmers' everyday work, says Martin Merrild. But this should not encourage regulators to introduce new control programmes that will make farmers’ life even more difficult, he told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 28-07-2016

German farmers: ‘Aid is not going to help active farms’

The aid package coming the way of milk farmers will only be of help if funds are not tied to targets on reducing production, the Secretary-General of the German Farmers' Association told EURACTIV.de. However, he did downplay the impact Brexit will have on the sector.

Agrifood 11-04-2016

MEP Huitema: EU should use CAP to reduce dependence on farm subsidies

The EU's Common Agricultural Policy should focus on investments to become more competitive in the global market and get less dependent on subsidies, MEP Jan Huitema told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 11-03-2016

Greek agriculture minister: EU must change stance on trade agreements

The European Union should change its negotiation tactics regarding trade agreements with third countries and better defend member states, Greek Minister of Agricultural Development Evangelos Apostolou told EURACTIV Greece in an exclusive interview.

Agrifood 08-03-2016

Hogan: Trade deals have not harmed European agriculture

Opening up to new markets in Asia and Africa has helped the EU become a net exporter of agricultural products, Phil Hogan told EURACTIV.com, responding to criticism of trade deals.

EU Priorities 2020 11-07-2013

De Geus: Better spending will preserve the EU social market model

Ahead of the launch of a study on the added value of EU spending, Bertelsmann Stiftung chairman and chief executive Aart De Geus points at the savings EU member states could achieve if they pooled and distributed resources more efficiently, for example in diplomatic and defence services.

Agrifood 04-03-2013

Procurement chief: Time to bury the EU sugar quota

Food and beverage companies are lining up against a proposal to extend the EU's sugar quota to 2020, reversing an earlier agreement to phase it out by 2015. A vote in the European Parliament is scheduled later this month. The procurement chief for one of Europe’s biggest food companies tells EURACTIV that extending protections for sugar is bad for consumers, businesses and the environment.

Agrifood 27-03-2012

Researcher: How to make food supplies secure and sustainable

Proper crop nutrition and sharing of knowledge and technology between developing and developed countries can help address the food needs of the planet’s growing population, says a top researcher for the Oslo-based fertiliser company Yara.

Regional Policy 12-10-2011

Ciolo?: CAP money slowly shifting eastwards

Farmers in Western countries such as France could see their subsidies cut by up to 7% as more money is being channeled to Central and Eastern European states. EU farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolo? spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of proposals today to reform the EU's Common Agricultural policy for 2014-2020.

Agrifood 14-06-2011

Young farmer: Starting out in agriculture is a real challenge

The debate on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy has so far ignored the need for generational renewal of an endangered profession, warns Joris Baecke of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) in an interview with EURACTIV.

Agrifood 24-01-2011

Czech minister: EU needs ‘fair’, not ‘fairer’ CAP

Eastern European countries have waited long enough to get their fair share of the EU's farm budget, said Ivan Fuksa, the Czech agriculture minister, in an interview with EURACTIV.cz. He dismissed European Commission proposals for an additional transition period to even out differences in payments between 'new' and 'old' EU members.

Agrifood 24-09-2010

Copa-Cogeca: CAP money must benefit active farmers

The EU's future farm policy should only support active farmers rather than benefiting wealthy landowners such as the UK royal family or Prince Albert of Monaco, according to Pekka Pesonen. The head of EU farmers' lobby Copa-Cogeca spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.