About: farm subsidies

Agrifood 18-11-2019

‘Burdensome administration’ means young farmers are missing out on EU subsidies 

Young farmers accessing land via non-conventional contracts are eligible for EU subsidies, according to the European Commission. But in practice, burdensome administrative constraints often outweighs any financial advantage, meaning that landowners are cashing in while young farmers are missing out.
Agrifood 16-04-2018

French farmers want to strengthen risk management in the future CAP

Risk management tools to stabilise farmers’ incomes are a priority for French farmers’ representatives. However, their growth could be hampered by the decline of the CAP budget. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 27-11-2017

EU agricultural policy incoherent and outdated – report

The Common Agricultural Policy has done a good job of ensuring farm income and food security but it is incoherent, inefficient and outdated, and must be radically overhauled to ensure good value for money in the future, an independent report has found.
Agrifood 03-11-2017

Livestock farmers warn MPs of bleak future after hard Brexit

LONDON: Without direct support from the UK government British landscapes will be “left without livestock” after Brexit, a leading representative of British farming has warned.
Agrifood 02-11-2017

Britain can become ‘global leader’ in agricultural trade outside EU – study

Adopting a market-oriented agricultural policy after leaving the EU could make Britain a world leader in agricultural trade in the decade to come, according to a briefing published on Thursday (2 November) by leading UK think tank Chatham House.
Agrifood 11-10-2017

Farmers face ‘cuts agenda’ as Brexit unravels EU farm subsidies

Brexit raises big questions about the viability of agriculture on both sides of the Channel, as the sector currently relies on the EU for around half of its income. UK farm profits may fall dramatically as the sector adjusts but EU farmers will also feel the squeeze as the bloc searches for budget savings.
Agrifood 28-09-2017

Agri-policy and the environment: Seeking the right balance

The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy is a highly divisive subject. Not only are the basic elements of its design controversial but policymakers cannot agree on how to calculate the impact of individual measures on the environment. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 11-09-2017

Environmentalists push for ‘fitness check’ and clear goals in the next CAP

Europe’s biggest alliance of environmental groups has called for a thorough fitness check of the EU’s flagship Common Agricultural Policy, questioning its structure, implementation and impact, and proposing a far-reaching overhaul to ensure it is up to the challenges of the 21st century.
Agrifood 17-08-2017

Brexit is a chance for farming reform – but we must get the policy right

Britain's withdrawal from the EU undoubtedly carries risks but it may also create the opportunity to build a greener, more efficient, and innovative farming sector. If this happens, Ngaire Woods argues, the EU and other economies might follow suit.
Gabriel D'Arcy, CEO of the LacPatrick dairy cooperative, said Ireland's agricultural industry will be the "eye of the storm" in Brexit negotiations.
Agrifood 22-02-2017

Ireland scrambles to shield agriculture from Brexit threat

The Irish government is scrambling to protect its agriculture industry, which exports almost half its goods to the UK, from the threat of Brexit.
Brexit 29-09-2016

UK ‘consistently waters down’ reforms of EU farming subsidies

The UK government could have stopped wealthy landowners including aristocrats and a Saudi racehorse owner receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds from the EU’s common agricultural policy, the European commission has said.
Brexit 05-04-2016

British farmer fears losing Brussels lifeline

George Eustice, Britain's agriculture minister, has promised farmers will continue to receive support after Brexit. But there are no certainties about the future if the UK leaves the European Union and its prized subsidy system.
Agrifood 25-02-2016

Commission says ready to back help for livestock farmers

The EU's agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said on Thursday (25 February) he was ready to work with France to take further steps to help struggling livestock farmers after weeks of protests by farmers over low prices in the European Union's biggest agricultural economy.
Trade & Society 19-12-2015

WTO agrees ‘historic’ deal on farming subsidy

World Trade Organization member countries agreed to abolish agricultural export subsidies after five days of talks in Nairobi, but failed to make progress on the long-stalled Doha Round of negotiations aimed at lowering global trade barriers.

Is the CAP simplification exercise “better regulation”?

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.
Agrifood 21-11-2013

Parliament backs farm policy reforms

The European Parliament has agreed to a "fairer and greener" reform of the EU’s agriculture policy, but MEPs from across the political spectrum weighed in with their discontent.
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Agrifood 20-11-2013

MEPs back farm policy reforms

The European Parliament agreed on Wednesday to a "fairer and greener" reform of the EU’s agriculture policy but MEPs from across the political spectrum weighed in with their discontent. MEPs insisted that EU funds go only to active farmers and not to landowners who do not farm their land. Also, it was decided that more environmentally-friendly farming practices will be used. This is the first reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) shaped by Parliament as a full co-legislator with EU member states.
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 14-10-2011

Europe’s farm reform off to rocky start

The European Commission's long-awaited proposals to overhaul the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have left most EU politicians and stakeholders disappointed.
Regional Policy 12-10-2011

Ciolo?: CAP money slowly shifting eastwards

Farmers in Western countries such as France could see their subsidies cut by up to 7% as more money is being channeled to Central and Eastern European states. EU farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolo? spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of proposals today to reform the EU's Common Agricultural policy for 2014-2020.
Regional Policy 12-10-2011

Ciolo?: EU farm spending slowly shifting eastwards

Farmers in Western countries such as France could see their subsidies cut by up to 7% as more money is being channeled to Central and Eastern European states. EU farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolo? spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of proposals today to reform the EU's Common Agricultural policy for 2014-2020.
Agrifood 22-09-2011

Britain, Poland join calls for ‘radical’ CAP reform

London and Warsaw have put themselves firmly on a collision course with France over the upcoming reform of the EU's farm policy, calling for a "modernisation of European agriculture" which they claim currently "protects outdated practices of the past."
Regional Policy 19-11-2010

Brussels outlines vision for ‘fairer’ EU farm policy

The European Commission yesterday (18 November) unveiled its blueprint for reforming the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), proposing to increase subsidies to smaller East European farmers and to link direct payments to environmental and food security goals.
Agrifood 31-03-2010

De Castro: EU should seek ‘reciprocity’ in green farm rules

 The EU should force other world agricultural powers to adopt similar environmental rules if they wish to export to Europe, the chair of the European Parliament's agriculture committee, Paolo De Castro, told EURACTIV in an interview.

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