CAP reform Archives

  • 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.

  • The Mid Term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy: The Future of Rural Development

    Science & Policymaking 06-11-2002

    The Mid Term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy: The Future of Rural Development Since the launch of Agenda 2000 in July 1997, rural development has gained political prominence as the second pillar of CAP. According to the European Commission's recent …

  • Further progress on convergence

    Enlargement 17-10-2002

    Further progress on convergence With only a few months to announcement of the conclusion of accession negotiations with what will probably be eight Central and Eastern European countries, debate is honing in on "last-ditch" risks that could still delay their EU …

  • Revolution in the common agricultural policy?

    Science & Policymaking 16-10-2002

    Revolution in the common agricultural policy? In mid-July, the European Commission tabled its Mid-Term Review1 of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which stemmed from a European Council mandate. During the talks on the Agenda 2000 at the Berlin summit in 1999, …

  • Political Foundation of Economically Inefficient Public Policies: The Case of the Common European Ag

    Agrifood 20-08-2002

    Political Foundation of Economically Inefficient Public Policies: The Case of the Common European Agricultural Policy Abstract This working paper, published by the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung - MZES), offers a rational explanation for the notorious …

  • Fight on the Farm

    Enlargement 07-06-2002

      Fight on the Farm The EU's proposal to limit agricultural subsidies to new members has drawn angry reactions in Poland, the candidate country with the largest farming sector. The sprawling Polish countryside has long been viewed as one of the bigger hurdles on the way …

  • The Future of the CAP: A German Perspective

    Agrifood 30-05-2002

    The Future of the CAP: A German Perspective Renate Künast, Germany's Federal Minister for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, addressed an EPC briefing on 27 May 2002, on her ideas for the future orientation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Ms …

  • Reaping What the EU Sows

    Enlargement 22-05-2002

    Reaping What the EU Sows How justified are the farmers of Eastern Europe in arguing that EU proposals on agricultural subsidies are discriminatory? Since the beginning of this year, agriculture has become one of the most visible aspects of the European Union's membership negotiations with the …

  • Budgetary implications of enlargement: agriculture

    Agrifood 08-05-2002

    Budgetary implications of enlargement: agriculture 1. Introduction The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) accounts for 45% of the total EU budget. Will its extension to Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) break the EU budget? The 10 CEECs currently negotiating for membership would …

  • Reform of EU policies in the perspective of enlargement

    Future EU 18-04-2002

    Reform of EU policies in the perspective of enlargement Michaele Schreyer, Commissioner for the Budget, addressed an EPC dialogue on 18 April 2002, on the reform of EU policies in the perspective of enlargement and their financial implications. The dialogue, organised in cooperation with Notre Europe, …

  • Accession candidates bear the brunt of EU inability to reform

    Enlargement 02-04-2002

    Accession candidates bear the brunt of EU inability to reform published The European Commission outlined on Wednesday its proposals for financing enlargement. The total amounts proposed are below the expenditure ceilings foreseen in the financial framework 2000-2006, which was based on …


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