The ample funding provided by the EU's Common Agricultural Policy should be used by real farmers and not those who lease land for profit, said members of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. EURACTIV's media partner Dnevnik reports.
The financial package outlined for Portugal in the next EU budget could still be improved, Portuguese MEPs José Manuel Fernandes and Pedro Silva Pereira have said, noting the urgency of concluding negotiations before next May's European Elections.
Precision farming is consistent with the less-bureaucracy pillar of next CAP and favours a better connection between consumers and producers, stakeholders and lawmakers advocated at the showcase of EU satellite-based systems for agricultural purposes.
Environmental pressure and climate change are some of the main challenges facing agriculture today. The 2013 Common Agricultural Policy reform addressed these problems with “greening” measures, in an attempt to make the direct payments system more environment-friendly.
The recent European Commission’s Communication on The Future of Food and Farming, published at the end of 2017, announced a shift away from a unified set of requirements decided in Brussels for the post-2020 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.
In a report published today (17 January), the EU Court of Auditors heavily criticised the European Commission for its failure to contribute to a resource-efficient food supply chain by effectively tackling food waste.
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.
Britain's withdrawal from the European Union should start now, in order to prevent additional market uncertainty, the pan-European farmers' association, Copa-Cogeca, told EURACTIV.com on Monday (27 June).
In June 2013, politicians approved the first major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in a decade, following months of haggling over quotas, subsidies and measures to improve environmental accountability.
SPECIAL REPORT/ The fundamental purpose of farming is to feed humanity. But the reality of contemporary agriculture is often quite different, and it is costing the planet dearly. EURACTIV France reports.
Global population is expected to rise from 7.3 billion people today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to the United Nations. This means that the world will need 60% more food and 30% more water for agriculture.
The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was most recently reformed in 2013, including incentives for farmers to invest in ‘green’ practices, innovation and support for young farmers. A European Commission review in 2016 will aim to simplify these reforms.
The European Parliament on Wednesday (28 October) confirmed that no money from the EU budget will be used to fund bullfighting activities that involve the death of the animal. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
SPECIAL REPORT / The "greening" of direct payments, a crucial element of the Common Agricultural Policy reforms, came into force at the beginning of the year, but it is still a divisive topic. EURACTIV Italy reports.