CAP reform Archives

  • A new EU agricultural policy for people and nature

    Promoted content | Agrifood 28-04-2017

    Despite previous reforms, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) largely continues to support a resource-intensive and high-impact agricultural model which is not fit for today’s societal and environmental challenges, writes Jabier Ruiz.

  • Fit for purpose, fair and sustainable: A new agricultural policy is possible

    Agrifood 07-11-2016

    A new study by German environmental NGO NABU (BirdLife Germany) shows how current funding could be used more economically and ecologically. But this drastic change requires political will, warns Konstantin Kreiser.

  • How a meeting in Cork could save rural Europe

    Agrifood 05-09-2016

    The CAP’s failings mean grassroots movements and national governments are starting to take matters into their own hands. Policymakers at this week’s Cork conference on rural development must take heed, write Stanka Becheva and Ramona Duminicioiu.

  • Brexit: A step forwards or backwards for a Greener Europe?

    Agrifood 28-06-2016

    Environmental action is one of the triumphs of the EU. The UK’s contribution and ambition in this area is likely to be sorely missed, write Viviane Gravey, Andrew Jordan and Charlotte Burns.

  • Bringing an end to the never-ending milk crisis

    Agrifood 25-02-2016

    A temporary 'slimming down' scheme for the milk sector, led by the European Commission, would provide a strong EU-wide response to rebalance the market. With €500 million, the quantity of milk available on the market could be reduced by more than 2 million tonnes, writes Yves Madre.

  • CAP and animal welfare: Simply incompatible

    Agrifood 22-02-2016

    Livestock production has been at the centre of the intensification in agriculture brought by Europe's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), writes Olga Kikou. These policies have put farmers under pressure, and created conditions for overproduction, she says.

  • Is the CAP simplification exercise “better regulation”?

    Science & Policymaking 15-05-2015

    The Commission’s proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy looks more like a waste of public money than an exercise in “better regulation”, argues Angelo Caserta.

  • How to kill off successful environmental schemes in Europe’s agriculture policy

    Agrifood 02-09-2013

    As Brussels returns from its summer break there is one piece of unfinished business before the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) political saga for 2014-2020 can be put to rest. Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council will lock horns in trilogue on two different ways to use the funds, one of which is more green than the other, writes Tony Long.

  • 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.

  • Make or Break Summit? – Britain’s persistent EU delusions

    Brexit 26-10-2005

    "Copy me, I'm the best and you're wrong" - that is the UK government's attitude towards its guests at the Hampton Court Social Council, on 27 October 2005, says Kirsty Hughes in this commentary for EURACTIV. The 24 other EU countries are rather unlikely to follow such a charming invitation. New Labour's economic policy still places the Blair government to the right of European Christian Democrats and in the camp of right-wing populists like Italy's Berlusconi or Spain's Aznar. 

  • An unorthodox way to solve the rebate crisis

    Agrifood 06-10-2005

    The Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) is a shrinking sector that hardly makes any contribution to EU wealth, is blocking the redistribution of the budget to more pressing needs and is thwarting any agreement on the UK rebate, says an analyst from the Centre for European Policy Studies.

  • Impact of enlargement and prospects for the agricultural sector

    Enlargement 04-11-2004

    The accession of the 10 New Member States (NMS) will
    increase the Union’s Useful Agricultural Area (UAA) by
    29%, the farming population by 52% and the agricultural GDP
    by only 7%. From these three figures, three problems
    immediately appear: low productivity levels, a potentially
    considerable financial cost for the Union and a strong
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  • Future developments in European regional policy

    Science & Policymaking 09-12-2003

    This report examines issues associated with the regional and CAP funding debate, post-2006. It provides a timetable for negotiations at EU Level.


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