CAP reform

Croatian farm minister: Getting transitional CAP done by mid-2020 on presidency’s radar

Agrifood 23-01-2020

The Croatian EU presidency will focus its efforts on securing an agreement among member states on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)'s transitional regulations that will extend the current rules for at least a year, Croatia's Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković told EURACTIV in an interview.

Agrifood 24-01-2020

Italy welcomes bioeconomy, kisses agricultural runoff goodbye

In 2017, Italy’s entire bioeconomy sector had a total turnover of €300 billion and, within 13 years, employed two million people. The country’s Bioeconomy Strategy was taken up a notch and made even more ambitious at the start of 2019. EURACTIV’s partner Agronotizie reports.
Agrifood 23-01-2020

Leave nothing to waste in agriculture: Spain’s race to top circular economy

The agrifood sector has no intention of staying behind in the race for leading the circular economy, in which everything, even the tiniest waste from crops and industries, can have an added value and help the economic, environmental and social sustainability. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAGRO reports.
Agrifood 23-01-2020

Challenges in sustainable agriculture of Croatian small-scale farmers

Protection of small family farms (OPG) and encouraging young farmers is one of the main objective of agricultural policy in Croatia. Still agricultural sector in Croatia suffers a negative image of being unprofitable and undermined.
Agrifood 22-01-2020

The situation of small farms in Europe

What is needed to support small and large farms and what are the possibilities for small-area farms to innovate and better adapt to market needs.
Agrifood 22-01-2020

Bioeconomy hype shouldn’t put biodiversity preservation at risk, experts say

While experts claim that Poland could become key for the EU’s bioeconomy, scientists are calling for the sustainable use of forest resources in energy production. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Agrifood 21-01-2020

French bio-waste finds second life in building insulation

By using hemp, brewers grains and spelt husk, many French SMEs are starting to manufacture natural insulation materials based on bio-sourced materials and biowaste, which have not previously been 're-purposed'. In other words, they are using 'green' alternative to conventional insulation. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 20-01-2020

Germans protest in Berlin demanding radical change of agricultural sector

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin in the tenth "We're fed up with it!" rally on Saturday (18 January) in an effort to bring about a radical change in Germany's agricultural sector. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 20-01-2020

Bioeconomy in the CAP’s nine objectives

Bioeconomy will play a crucial role in delivering the European Union's environmental and climate neutrality agenda. The farm sector is no exception and at least half of the nine objectives of the post-2020 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) relate directly to this concept.
Agrifood 20-01-2020

EU bets on bioeconomy to deliver farming aspects of the Green Deal

The European Commission and the member states intend to use the concept of bioeconomy as a tool to achieve political priorities at the core of the bloc's new environmental flagship policy when it comes to agriculture.
Agrifood 17-01-2020

New UK Agriculture Bill to move away from ‘inefficient and overly bureaucratic’ CAP system 

The UK Government revealed a new version of their post-Brexit agriculture legislation Thursday (16 January) as part of a radical shift to move subsidies away from the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) system of direct payments, which correlates payments with the total amount of land farmed. 
Agrifood 13-01-2020

New UK farming bill guarantees subsidies for 2020

The UK government has introduced new legislation which ensures that farming subsidies will continue to be paid to UK farmers for 2020, during the transition period that will follow the country's departure from the EU on 31 January.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

UK Environment secretary: Brexit is opportunity for UK to ‘shake off shadow of CAP’

After Brexit, the UK must “shake off the shadow of the CAP” and instead begin a transition in 2021 towards “radical” new policies that work for planet, people and the farming sector, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has said.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

French dairy industry ranks first worldwide but farmers don’t reap the benefits

The concentration of the French dairy industry, which is at the origin of the impoverishment of milk producers, paradoxically ranks the sector above its global competitors, according to a study by France Agrimer. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 31-12-2019

Time to sow: Planting the seeds for the future of EU’s agriculture

The expected showdown about the EU's post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the development of the bloc's new food strategy could set a cornerstone in the process of shaping Europe's agriculture in the decades to come.
Agrifood 27-12-2019

Precision farming ‘saved’ extra virgin olive oil, Greek producers say

Precision farming practices have helped Greek extra virgin olive oil growers keep overhead cost low and ultimately ‘save’ the product from mounting pressure on its market price, EURACTIV Greece’s media partner Ypaithros Chora reported.
Agrifood 20-12-2019

Industry and farmers expect ‘science-based’ solutions to deliver New Green Deal 

The agri-food industry and EU farmers are calling for clarity and science-based solutions to meet their objectives as part of the EU’s recently announced European Green Deal. The new plans, combined with the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy and a reformed...
Agrifood 20-12-2019

CAP reform: harnessing the power of innovation for a greener EU agriculture

Agriculture in the European Union after 2020 must be encouraged to adopt innovative tools to meet growing environmental challenges, but this requires modernisation, money and knowledge, EURACTIV Poland reports.
Agrifood 20-12-2019

The impact of the new CAP on organic farming

With organic agriculture increasingly gaining recognition in the EU as providing benefits to farmers, consumers and the environment, EURACTIV.pl explores how the new CAP proposal works to support the promotion of this type of production.
Agrifood 19-12-2019

Smaller farms needed to ‘restore the balance’ in EU agriculture, expert says

The issue of soils in Europe demonstrates the problems and shortcomings of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) well. The future of agriculture in the European Union depends on solving them. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Agrifood 19-12-2019

Dutch farmers block highways with tractors, angry at EU rules on pollution

Dutch farmers and construction workers blocked roads with tractors on Wednesday (18 December) and gathered outside the offices of national broadcaster NOS in the latest of a series of protests over environmental pollution rules.
Agrifood 19-12-2019

Commission, Finnish presidency clash with member states over CAP convergence

A group of member states opposed to retaining external convergence in the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), have criticised the Finnish Council presidency for not even considering scrapping the concept.
Agrifood 19-12-2019

Parliament urges cuts in pesticide use to save Europe’s pollinators

In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament called on the EU executive Commission to beef up its Pollinators Initiative, saying EU-wide mandatory pesticide reduction targets are needed to halt the decline in species.
Agrifood 18-12-2019

EU imports of soy should be reduced, says Agriculture Commissioner

The EU should gradually go in the direction of reducing soy imports from third countries, although not overnight, by supporting the production of protein plants in Europe, the EU's Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said on Monday (16 December).
Agrifood 17-12-2019

Environment and climate issues take precedence in new CAP proposal

Climate and environmental problems and their prevention are one of the main elements of the new multiannual EU budget proposed by the European Commission after 2020. The common agricultural policy takes account of them very strongly, and even more so than many other policies. EURACTIV Poland reports.

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