About: common agricultural policy

Economy & Jobs 18-01-2018

Europe needs more money for research, here’s where to get it

The lack of funding needed to achieve Europe's widely advertised ambitions for global excellence in research and innovation should be addressed in discussing Horizon 2020’s successor. Understanding the challenge and where the money could realistically come from is key, writes Thomas Estermann.
Agrifood 12-12-2017

Back to the future: An agricultural conundrum

A drive through the rural areas of the EU is an adventure in landscapes, cuisine, culture and history. The countryside has also been a driver of economic and societal development in the EU since its foundation. With almost 40% of the EU budget going towards the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), its significance cannot be underestimated, writes Fiona Lally.
Agrifood 30-11-2017

Hogan’s CAP proposal: failure to launch transition for tax payers, environment

Phil Hogan sent at least one clear message with his communication on “The Future of Food and Farming”: in the future, farm policy will mainly be dealt with from the respective EU capitals, writes Konstantin Kreiser
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Agrifood 28-04-2017

A new EU agricultural policy for people and nature

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.
Brexit 29-09-2016

Brexit: First and foremost a WTO issue

Brexit will have far-reaching ramifications for global trade. The WTO needs to step in and analyse how different kinds of trade agreements will be affected and how to avoid unnecessary damage, writes Daniel Guéguen.
Agrifood 22-02-2016

CAP and animal welfare: Simply incompatible

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.
Agrifood 14-01-2015

‘We are fed up’ with our broken food system

Tens of thousands of people will gather once again in the cold of a Brandenburg winter to protest against what they see as the worst excesses of the food system, writes Oliver Moore.
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Agrifood 28-03-2014

For sustainable agriculture, big is beautiful

The EU should 'think big' and face tomorrow’s challenge to feed the world sustainably, argue the presidents of the Dutch and Danish farm organisations. To do so, an EU business policy for the agro-food sector and common European standards for sustainable foods are very much needed, they write.
Agrifood 13-05-2013

Chances of a greener CAP are on the line

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.
Agrifood 04-03-2013

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

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.
Agrifood 13-02-2013

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

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.
Agrifood 06-11-2012

No more blank cheques for agriculture

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.
Regional Policy 28-09-2012

1,000 words for the EU budget 2014-20

If the scheduled extraordinary European Council in November does not agree on a framework for the 2014-2020 budget or if the European Parliament denies its approval, the future of the EU will be held hostage to an unstable and unmanageable environment, argues Ivailo Kalfin.