Is the CAP fit for purpose? NGOs BirdLife, EEB and NABU publish results of shadow Fitness Check

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“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. Post Brexit will lead to significant cuts to the EU’s financial framework – with the CAP inevitably coming under heavy pressure to justify itself. 

A week before the European Commission is expected to come out with first proposals for the future CAP, a new study asks: Does the CAP still deliver on its own goals? Is the CAP an efficient investment by taxpayers, what are its real costs and benefits? Does it support the global sustainability goals (SDGs), proudly signed by European leaders?

This unprecedented “Fitness Check” of the CAP is carried out by a team of experts in agro-economy, ecology and sociology following the European Commission’s own “better regulation” methodology. On November 21st BirdLife Europe, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Germany’s leading environmental NGO NABU are going to publish the results in Brussels.

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