CAP reform

Commission gives EU farmers ‘temporary relief’ amid extreme droughts

Agrifood 06-08-2018

The European Commission decided to grant EU farmers more flexibility in implementing the green requirements in order to face alarming droughts across Europe, the executive said in an announcement.

Agrifood 10-08-2018

Phasing out pesticides is the chance for Europe to heal its environment and economy

The recent re-authorisation of glyphosate controversy highlighted the many issues surrounding pesticides, their purpose and our dependency on them, as well as the harm they bring to­­­­­ our health and the environment, writes Natacha Cingotti.
Agrifood 10-08-2018

Straw prices soar, piling pressure on northern Europe livestock farmers

Livestock and dairy farmers across northern Europe are paying soaring prices for straw used in food and bedding for cattle, as hot, dry weather across the region reduces crops.
Agrifood 09-08-2018

Czech farmers most affected by CAP budget cuts, warns agri-expert

Cuts to post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds will severely affect the Czech Republic, according to agriculture analyst Petr Havel who spoke to EURACTIV Czech Republic’s media partner, Aktualne.cz.  
Agrifood 07-08-2018

Extreme drought causes EU vegetables ‘most serious’ crisis in 40 years

Europe's prolonged extreme drought has caused the most severe problems to the EU vegetable sector in the last 40 years, according to the European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors (PROFEL).
Agrifood 25-07-2018

Sowing the seeds of the post-2020 CAP

In June 2018, the European Commission unveiled its much-awaited plans for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In light of the Brexit and the emergence of new priorities such as security and immigration, the Commission proposed a 5% cut in...
Agrifood 17-07-2018

Berlin joins opposition to EU Commission’s proposed cuts for CAP

The agriculture ministers of France and Germany rejected the European Commission proposal to decrease the budget for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), claiming instead that it should remain at the current level.
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Greening European agriculture: Can the new CAP be really green?

Environmental pressure and climate change are some of the main challenges facing agriculture today. The 2013 Common Agricultural Policy reform addressed these problems with “greening” measures, in an attempt to make the direct payments system more environment-friendly.
Agrifood 10-07-2018

US questions CAP’s raison d’être with Spanish olives investigation

If the ongoing US government investigation into imported Spanish olives ends up imposing anti-dumping duties, it could potentially set a dangerous legal precedent and question the entire functioning of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), experts and farmers warn.
Agrifood 06-07-2018

EP’s AGRI committee no longer alone on CAP reform negotiations

The leaders of the European Parliament’s political groups decided on 5 July to grant the Environment Committee “shared competence” with the Agriculture Committee in the environmental aspects of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Agrifood 29-06-2018

Polish project aims to stop food travelling more than you do

One EU-funded project in Poland all started with a girl allergic to food additives and ended up with an innovative start-up, which connects 150 farmers with 100,000 people who want to eat healthy food straight from the producers. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Alcohol 27-06-2018

Wine industry wants its products’ labelling in the next CAP

The wine industry is pushing for the inclusion of its products’ labelling proposals in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in order to give self-regulation a “legal basis and certainty”.
Agrifood 25-06-2018

Science, public opinion and policy-making

The re-authorisation of Monsanto’s weedkiller glyphosate and the ban of three neonicotinoids – a class of insecticide – have opened a heated debate on the role of science in policy-making.

Agrifood 25-06-2018

Commission throws the ball to EU capitals on future of short food chains

The development of short food supply chains (SFSC) is constantly gaining ground in the EU. Producing and consuming locally is seen as a way to achieve fairer remunerations for farmers and higher quality local food products.
Health 19-06-2018

Heavy workload delays EU report on environmental impact of drugs

The European Commission’s much-awaited communication on the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals is at an “advanced stage” but might not be adopted in the near future because of other legislative initiatives on the agenda, an EU official has told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 15-06-2018

Corteva boss: ‘Mother Nature’ changes the game quickly and demands new agricultural tools

“Mother Nature” is changing quickly and this requires the adoption of technology-driven solutions that will help both growers and consumers, Jim Collins, the chief operating officer of Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 01-06-2018

European Commission under fire after new CAP proposals unveiled

The European Commission unveiled on Friday (1 June) its plans for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy, triggering a strong reaction from EU farmers and the environmental community for cutting the budget, giving member states too much leeway and fudging environmental and climate issues.
Agrifood 30-05-2018

Insufficient consideration for food issue in CAP

Olivier De Schutter, a co-chair of the international expert panel IPES-Food, calls on the European Commission to lay the foundations for a Common Food Policy. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 29-05-2018

The moment for a future-proof EU agriculture and food policy is now

The next reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should bring agricultural and food policies out of their respective silos and align actions across different areas in support of building sustainable food systems, write Sirpa Pietikainen and Bart Staes.
Agrifood 28-05-2018

Calls growing to stop nationalisation of CAP

There is growing criticism in France of increased subsidiarity of the future Common Agricultural Policy for the 2021-2027 period, which the Commission seems to favour, EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 25-05-2018

Czech farmers clash over proposed CAP subsidies capping

The European Commission’s proposal to cap agricultural payments and provide more support for small farms has divided farmers in the Czech Republic. But there are other issues they should focus on, such as the ageing rural population and the challenges of modern technologies. EURACTIV.cz reports.
Agrifood 24-05-2018

Greenpeace: Industry-linked MEPs in the agri committee have a ‘safe’ majority

A survey conducted by Greenpeace has found that 25 out of 46 MEPs of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee have “strong” links to the farming industry.
Agrifood 07-05-2018

Paris seeks alliance to protect EU’s farming budget

The French agriculture minister wants to set up an alliance with other agricultural countries to avoid a 5% cut in Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funding envisaged in the EU's 2021-2027 budget proposal. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 02-05-2018

Commission throws the ball to EU states on CAP rural development, prioritises direct payments

The European Commission has proposed to cut the budget of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy by approximately 5%, but has prioritised the direct payments pillar in order to ensure farmers’ income and leave smallholders unaffected.
Agrifood 02-05-2018

Cuts in the CAP: ‘unacceptable’ for France

The EU’s budget proposal for 2020-2027 is mostly in line with France’s ambition for Europe: it maintains means and increases its priorities. However, the proposed slight cut in the CAP did not go down well. EURACTIV.fr reports.