“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is an old saying. And it really does apply to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which currently makes up the largest part, almost 40%, of the EU budget.
Rural areas cover 52% of the EU’s territory and are home to 112 million people. They find employment not only in the agricultural sector, but also in the food industry and tourism, which employ nearly 15 million people.
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.
Incorporating young people into agriculture and farming is essential to guaranteeing the survival of the sector and its competitiveness, as well as to sustainable food production for a world population that will break through 10 billion by 2050.
It is a momentous phase for Europe’s agriculture. The EU’s foremost common policy, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), has been recently reformed to respond adequately to current challenges. The CAP and sustainability are very broad topics. This workshop focused on three main areas:
EU negotiators sealed a deal yesterday (26 June) on future farm policy after months of haggling over how ambitious the policy would be on ending quotas, overhauling direct payments to farmers and making agriculture more environmentally responsible.
The European Parliament votes today (13 March) on a future agricultural policy that, if approved as proposed, would step back from a generation of liberalisation moves and ease the European Commission’s plan to set new environmental standards for farming.
This is traditional Baltic music. The singers are farmers from from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia
As European leaders gather on Thursday to discuss the next long-term EU budget, Baltic farmers travelled to Brussels to protest against what they believe is an unfair treatment from the EU. The agricultural funding they get currently is much less than the EU average.
The European Parliament’s agricultural committee began adopting dozens of amendments to the EU’s future farm policy on Wednesday (23 January), but approval remains far from certain when the full Parliament considers compromise proposals in March.