CAP reform Archives

  • Greek agriculture minister: EU must change stance on trade agreements

    Special Report | Agrifood 11-03-2016

    The European Union should change its negotiation tactics regarding trade agreements with third countries and better defend member states, Greek Minister of Agricultural Development Evangelos Apostolou told EURACTIV Greece in an exclusive interview.

  • Hogan: Trade deals have not harmed European agriculture

    Special Report | Agrifood 08-03-2016

    Opening up to new markets in Asia and Africa has helped the EU become a net exporter of agricultural products, Phil Hogan told, responding to criticism of trade deals.

  • De Geus: Better spending will preserve the EU social market model

    EU Priorities 2020 11-07-2013

    Ahead of the launch of a study on the added value of EU spending, Bertelsmann Stiftung chairman and chief executive Aart De Geus points at the savings EU member states could achieve if they pooled and distributed resources more efficiently, for example in diplomatic and defence services.

  • Procurement chief: Time to bury the EU sugar quota

    Agrifood 04-03-2013

    Food and beverage companies are lining up against a proposal to extend the EU's sugar quota to 2020, reversing an earlier agreement to phase it out by 2015. A vote in the European Parliament is scheduled later this month. The procurement chief for one of Europe’s biggest food companies tells EURACTIV that extending protections for sugar is bad for consumers, businesses and the environment.

  • Researcher: How to make food supplies secure and sustainable

    Special Report | Agrifood 27-03-2012

    Proper crop nutrition and sharing of knowledge and technology between developing and developed countries can help address the food needs of the planet’s growing population, says a top researcher for the Oslo-based fertiliser company Yara.

  • Ciolo?: CAP money slowly shifting eastwards

    Regional Policy 12-10-2011

    Farmers in Western countries such as France could see their subsidies cut by up to 7% as more money is being channeled to Central and Eastern European states. EU farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolo? spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of proposals today to reform the EU's Common Agricultural policy for 2014-2020.

  • Young farmer: Starting out in agriculture is a real challenge

    Agrifood 14-06-2011

    The debate on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy has so far ignored the need for generational renewal of an endangered profession, warns Joris Baecke of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Czech minister: EU needs ‘fair’, not ‘fairer’ CAP

    Agrifood 24-01-2011

    Eastern European countries have waited long enough to get their fair share of the EU's farm budget, said Ivan Fuksa, the Czech agriculture minister, in an interview with He dismissed European Commission proposals for an additional transition period to even out differences in payments between 'new' and 'old' EU members.

  • Copa-Cogeca: CAP money must benefit active farmers

    Agrifood 24-09-2010

    The EU's future farm policy should only support active farmers rather than benefiting wealthy landowners such as the UK royal family or Prince Albert of Monaco, according to Pekka Pesonen. The head of EU farmers' lobby Copa-Cogeca spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Rural promoter: EU should prop up local food markets

    Agrifood 23-09-2010

    The EU's Common Agricultural Policy should be reformed to allow local farm cooperatives to deliver more sustainable food production, shorter food miles and more economic development in rural areas, Professor Michael Dower told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Farm subsidy expert: CAP budget to be co-financed after 2013

    Agrifood 20-09-2010

    Looking to the future, large recipient countries like France will have no choice but to accept a partial re-nationalisation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) or otherwise risk paying hefty hand-outs to Eastern EU farmers, says Jack Thurston, co-founder of an NGO tracking the bloc's farm subsidies.

  • Fischer Boel: Future farm policy ‘should bolster production’

    Agrifood 23-11-2009

    The European Union should resist the temptation to cut support for its common agricultural policy and instead give farmers the right tools to increase food production in Europe, EU Farm Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel told EURACTIV in an interview.