CAP reform Archives

  • Chances of a greener CAP are on the line

    Agrifood 13-05-2013

    Unless there is substantial movement on greening measures and other critical issues in the still-evolving Common Agricultural Policy for 2014-2020, the objective of creating a new purpose and rationale for the CAP is sliding into the sand, argues David Baldock.

  • CAP conclave: Hiding behind a green smokescreen

    Agrifood 25-03-2013

    Dacian Ciolo? is stuck between a rock and a hard place over the Common Agricultural Policy he first proposed. He will need to show extraordinary resolve to overcome a possible travesty of democracy in the upcoming trialogue, argue Ariel Brunner and Pieter de Pous.

  • CAP reform: A promising start could end in disappointment

    Agrifood 22-03-2013

    With a far broader range of stakeholders than in former times and more decisionmaking power for the European Parliament, there was hope that the CAP debate would lead to reforms that would meet the current and coming challenges for agriculture. Yet the EU could be on course for a disappointing outcome, say Cordula Rutz and Jörg Schramek.

  • It’s not too late to save Europe’s farm policy from special interests

    Agrifood 04-03-2013

    With negotiations on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) moving towards an end-game, it is not too late to forge a deal that will help European farmers and the environment, argues Tony Long.

  • Greener CAP is a good deal for both farmers and the environment

    Agrifood 13-02-2013

    Around €100 billion out of a global CAP budget of €363 billion for the period 2014-2020 will be dedicated to the protection of natural resources after last week's agreement on the EU's long term budget, writes Dacian Ciolo?. The challenge now is to define concrete measures to make a real difference for the environment and to secure the long term competitiveness of EU farmers.

  • EU leaders should see bio-based industries as fuel for recovery

    Trade & Society 21-11-2012

    The contribution of agriculture and the EU’s Horizon 2020 research strategy to green growth and job creation should feature high on the agenda when EU leaders discuss the long-term budget this week, argue Steen Riisgaard and Guido Ghisolfi.

  • No more blank cheques for agriculture

    Special Report | Agrifood 06-11-2012

    The next phase of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) looks likely to be the continuation of the blank cheques of long-standing agriculture subsidies, an outcome that will be completely incomprehensible to the public, argue six European conservation, farm and rural groups.

  • Europe needs to nurture a new generation of farmers

    Special Report | Agrifood 22-03-2012

    The Common Agricultural Policy's reform needs to be decoupled from strict, technical standards that will be unappealing to younger generations if we are to have a sustainable farm policy, writes Staffan Nilsson.

  • The Czech Republic’s emphatic ‘no’ to capping agricultural subsidies for big farms

    Agrifood 26-04-2011

    The Czech Republic is strongly opposed to capping EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments for large farms, a stance which has seen it attract a blocking minority with countries such as Germany, the UK and Italy. In this commentary, Czech Deputy Agriculture Minister and former Czech EU Affairs Minister Juraj Chmiel gives the reasons for his country's stance. 

  • How France intends to meet all those EU presidency expectations

    EU Priorities 2020 20-06-2008

    The French EU Presidency will concentrate on a common approach to migration, climate change, energy policy and security and defence as its key areas, writes French EU Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Jouyet for the summer edition of Europe’s World.

  • Rethinking the EU budget

    EU Priorities 2020 23-04-2008

    The EU budget is outdated, does not represent current Community needs and should be reformed at its core by addressing the decision-making procedures, argues CEPS Director Daniel Gros.

  • CER: Failure of Doha talks would undermine WTO’s credibility

    Trade & Society 12-12-2005

    The collapse of the Doha round would also call into question the future of the WTO itself, writes Aurore Wanlin in a policy brief for the think tank the Centre for European Reform.

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