Faced with a looming gap in the EU's post-2020 budget caused by Brexit and higher security spending, the Commission is considering cutting funding for farmers, conditioning disbursements on the rule of law in member states and removing rebates once the UK leaves.
The EU Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU) yesterday (19 January) sent a letter to EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan, calling for a “fundamentally new approach” to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The EU Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 should mobilise both direct payments and rural development pillars, in order to pave the way for the introduction of much-needed digital technologies in the farming sector, experts in precision agriculture told EURACTIV.com.
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).
The EU’s freshly agreed agriculture policy reform caps direct payments to the largest farms, but a senior parliamentarian says that flexibility in its enforcement potentially weakens social and green commitments.
The European Parliament’s agriculture committee has voted to weaken key environmental proposals made by the European Commission while agreeing to reduce subsidies to big farms. These and other proposals will be considered by the full Parliament in March.
High commodity prices have made European farmers much less dependent on farm subsidies, offering debt-laden countries a unique opportunity to reform the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), a new report published yesterday (5 October) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has concluded.
The French President Jacques Chirac and the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said they needed more time to resolve their dispute over the EU's agricultural policy reform. They set themselves the deadline until the EU's Copenhagen European Council in December to find a compromise on changing the funding of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler has called for a quick agreement on EU farm aid to the candidate countries. At the informal meeting of ministers for agriculture from the Member States and candidate countries in Denmark, the Commissioner warned that enlargement would be blocked without this agreement.
The Spanish Presidency of the EU, the
Commission, Denmark and some other Member States agreed at an
informal Agriculture Council in Murcia that rural development
will be fundamental to the future of the Common Agricultural
The EU farm ministers are meeting informally in Murcia (Spain) from 27 to 30 April to discuss the Presidency's policy paper on rural development. Rural development is seen as the second pillar of the Common Agriculture Policy.
The Commission submitted draft negotiating
positions on agriculture to the Council on 15 April. The
positions are based on the Commission's strategy for these
negotiations, adopted at the end of January
EU Agriculture Commissioner, Franz Fischler,
underlined the benefits of the Commission's proposal for the
enlargement negotiations on agriculture in an address to the
Farm Ministers of the 13 candidate countries.
The German Agriculture Minister, Renate
Künast, has called for a reform of the Common Agricultural
Policy to reduce direct support for production, increase
support for rural development and introduce national
COPA and COGECA, the largest farmers'
organisations in the EU, have called for the preservation of
the Common Agricultural Policy that is under pressure for a
thorough reform because of the enlargement and WTO
The debate on the EU agricultural policy reform
has started de facto if not officially with the deliberations
on the positions of the future Member States in an enlarged
Union. Italy is the first of the no-reform proponents to
present its position to the Agriculture Council on 18 February,
opening a battle with reform-minded supporters of more