CAP reform

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.
Economy & Jobs 02-05-2018

EU budget proposal 2021-2027 – as it happened

The European Commission unveils its proposal for the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027 today (2 May), setting the stage for a bruising and long negotiation with member states and parliament.
Agrifood 20-04-2018

Greenpeace: Risk management tools cannot solve ‘unsustainable’ CAP system

Public policies should not embrace risk management tools that cement the current ecological and economically unsustainable agri-food system, Greenpeace's food and agriculture director Marco Contiero told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 19-04-2018

Spanish agriculture is campaigning for the development of agricultural insurance

Spanish farmers and stockbreeders want the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to redirect its financial resources to a system of agricultural insurance. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.
Agrifood 18-04-2018

Hogan: 3 reasons EU farmers should take the risk and invest in agriculture

European farmers should invest in post-2020 agriculture as it will be less bureaucratic, more focused on “technology breakthroughs” and will improve their standard of living, EU Commissioner Phil Hogan told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 17-04-2018

Stakeholders call for strong enforcement to combat unfair trade practices

EU lawmakers and farmers have welcomed the European Commission’s rules on unfair trade practices but have called for “strong” enforcement to protect the weakest parts of the food supply chain.
Agrifood 16-04-2018

French farmers want to strengthen risk management in the future CAP

Risk management tools to stabilise farmers’ incomes are a priority for French farmers’ representatives. However, their growth could be hampered by the decline of the CAP budget. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 04-04-2018

EU sugar companies struggle to survive as prices plunge post-quotas

European Union sugar companies have emerged from the cocoon of production quotas and are now fighting to survive in a fiercely competitive world market with prices and profits plunging.
Agrifood 30-03-2018

Commission official: ‘We want to improve CAP’s agro-environment architecture’

The European Commission is "aiming high" in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), aware of the need to improve its architecture and links with climate and environment policies. But the level of funding that will be available from 2020 is still unknown.
Agrifood 29-03-2018

Minister: Romania has benefitted from the CAP, opposes budget cuts

Romania has made significant progress in the past decade thanks to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds and it opposes potential cuts in the post-2020 farming budget, Agriculture Minister Petre Daea told EURACTIV Romania in an interview.
Agrifood 27-03-2018

Farmers say CAP simplification and digitisation will attract investment

A revamped European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with less paperwork and more long-term policy perspective focused on digitisation will attract more investment and more young people to the sector, EU farmers argue.
Agrifood 26-03-2018

CAP’s simplification should ensure EU internal market cohesion

Last year's public debate about the European Commission's drive to streamline the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) made clear that the EU's flagship subsidy project is too bureaucratic and complex to be truly effective.
Agrifood 15-03-2018

EU farm support does not distort trade, Commission tells Washington

The EU financial support to farmers, including to Spanish olive producers, does not distort trade, European Commission sources told EURACTIV.com in light of the rising tensions between Brussels and the US government over trade.  
Agrifood 15-03-2018

Italian farmers team up to face increasing market pressure

IItalian farmers say they have been the “weak link” in the country’s fragmented food chain and are seeking ways to effectively organise themselves in order to increase their bargaining power in the agricultural market.
Agrifood 05-03-2018

Greenpeace: Cut out meat to meet Paris Agreement goals

The world needs to cut the production and consumption of meat in half by 2050 in order to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, a new Greenpeace report said.
Agrifood 14-02-2018

DowDuPont boss: Merger will speed up innovation to face farming challenges ‘quickly’

A merger between Dow Chemical and DuPont (DowDuPont) aims to accelerate innovation in agriculture to help all farm sizes, as well as rapidly facing up to future challenges, DowDuPont’s Pierre Flye Sainte Marie told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 09-02-2018

CAP reform – what about air quality?

The third cause of death in France, air quality is particularly affected by agricultural activity. But it's an issue that is barely touched upon in the talks on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EURACTIV.fr reports
Agrifood 09-02-2018

Precision farming position in the new CAP still unclear

New technologies will keep on receiving financial support in the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 “possibly” under the current funding regime. However, it’s not clear yet whether precision farming will be linked to the direct payments pillar or to the environmental performance in general.
Agrifood 01-02-2018

France to manage its ‘carbon sink’ for 2050 goal

Optimising the wood-energy sector is key for France to attain its objective of becoming carbon neutral in 2050. However, 60% of forests in the country are left unmanaged nowadays. EURACTIV.fr reports
Agrifood 22-01-2018

Farming debates in 2018: Innovation and the new CAP

In light of Brexit, there is no doubt that the future of the EU agricultural policy will dominate discussions in Brussels in 2018. But the need for innovation and the introduction of new technologies in the sector will spark intense debates and trigger strong reactions from green NGOs.
Agriculture
Agrifood 20-12-2017

France opposes ‘renationalisation’ of the Common Agricultural policy

French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Travert asks agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan to continue direct paylents to farmers during a discussion on the future of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 12-12-2017

Future CAP: Court of Auditors slams ‘ineffective’ greening measures

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) published a damning report on the so-called greening measures on Tuesday (12 December), stating that they do not meet their environmental objectives.