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Agrifood 08-09-2020

Commission urges swift deployment of COVID-funds for farmers

The €7.5 billion top-up coming to the EU’s farming subsidies programme from the bloc's post-COVID stimulus plan should be made available as quickly as possible, Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said on Monday (7 September).
Agrifood 30-07-2020

Bittersweet budget: what changes for CAP after EU summit deal

The final deal on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending that came out of the EU summit in July left a bittersweet taste: the much-feared cuts were not avoided but numbers were improved compared to the Commission's 2018 proposal.
Agrifood 28-07-2020

Unpacking the CAP: exploring the most common concerns

The EU’s common agricultural policy, or ‘CAP’ as it’s known, aims to support farmers and improve agricultural productivity, ensuring a stable supply of affordable food and that the EU’s farmers are able to make a reasonable living while also safeguarding...
Agrifood 14-07-2020

MEP: Precision farming should be part of member states’ recovery plans

Precision farming practices, including digital farming, are the best way to deliver the EU's strategic goals of being green, smart and safe and should be part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans of all member states, according to MEP Petros Kokkalis.
Agrifood 03-06-2020

Commission defends reinforced CAP budget to greening EU’s farming

It is very difficult to make EU's main farm policy greener when figures on the bottom line are red, said budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn in an attempt to uphold the latest proposal of increased spending for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
07-05-2020

Agritourism sector hit by COVID-19 crisis in double blow for small farmers

Small farmers across the EU are increasingly turning to agritourism to diversify their economic activities but the niche business, just like the entire tourism sector, has not been spared the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
Agrifood 03-03-2020

Italy seeks extension of CAP deadlines due to coronavirus

Italy's agriculture minister Teresa Bellanova has asked the European Commission for a postponement of some of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)'s administrative procedures to relieve Italian farmers stricken by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
Agrifood 17-02-2020

CAP spending faces further €5bn cut in bloc’s budget blueprint

In the latest compromise proposal for the next EU 7-year spending plan, fresh money allocated on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) were trimmed by €7.5 billion, only partly offset by a €2.5 billion increase in direct payments to farmers.
Agrifood 04-12-2019

Finland aims to put €10bn more in CAP’s second pillar

Finland's presidency proposed an EU’s seven-year budget that leaves allocations for direct payments and market measures as they were set up in Common Agricultural Policy's Commission proposal, adding €10 billion of fresh money in the rural development funds.
Agrifood 08-10-2019

CAP direct payments for farmers ‘free from errors’, EU Auditors say

The lion's share of the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending is substantially unaffected by material errors, while a quarter of rural development EU aids are partially wrongly attributed, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA) last report.
Agrifood 10-04-2019

Will the post-2020 CAP be a missed opportunity?

MEPs need to overhaul the European Commission's plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, to attract young farmers, give farmers a fair wage, and protect the environment, argues  Luke Flanagan.
Agrifood 30-11-2018

Boosting farm innovation fast through cooperation

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The European innovations partnerships in agriculture (EIP-AGRI) build bridges between science and practice by connecting farmers, researchers, advisors businesses, and environmental groups.
Agrifood 28-09-2018

We want peasants

This week in Geneva, the Human Rights Council is expected to take a position on the follow-up to a draft Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other Persons Working in Rural Areas. Five years after the start of the negotiations, we are at a turning point, argues a group of European academics.
Agrifood 24-09-2018

‘Smart villages’ are modernisation tools to be taken seriously

The expansion of e-tools in rural areas will enable villages to become more agile, make better use of their resources as well as improve their attractiveness and the quality of life of rural residents, argue MEPs Franc Bogovic and Tibor Szanyi.
Agrifood 09-08-2018

Czech farmers most affected by CAP budget cuts, warns agri-expert

Cuts to post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds will severely affect the Czech Republic, according to agriculture analyst Petr Havel who spoke to EURACTIV Czech Republic’s media partner, Aktualne.cz.  
Development Policy 11-07-2018

Time to treat the root causes of migration, not only the symptoms

After a sleepless night, EU leaders clinched a deal on migration at their June summit. Yet, they seem overly focused on tackling the symptoms of migration, not its root cause – starting with poverty and unemployment, writes Tom Arnold.
Agrifood 25-05-2018

Czech farmers clash over proposed CAP subsidies capping

The European Commission’s proposal to cap agricultural payments and provide more support for small farms has divided farmers in the Czech Republic. But there are other issues they should focus on, such as the ageing rural population and the challenges of modern technologies. EURACTIV.cz reports.
Agrifood 02-05-2018

Commission throws the ball to EU states on CAP rural development, prioritises direct payments

The European Commission has proposed to cut the budget of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy by approximately 5%, but has prioritised the direct payments pillar in order to ensure farmers’ income and leave smallholders unaffected.
Agrifood 30-03-2018

Commission official: ‘We want to improve CAP’s agro-environment architecture’

The European Commission is "aiming high" in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), aware of the need to improve its architecture and links with climate and environment policies. But the level of funding that will be available from 2020 is still unknown.
Agrifood 29-03-2018

Minister: Romania has benefitted from the CAP, opposes budget cuts

Romania has made significant progress in the past decade thanks to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds and it opposes potential cuts in the post-2020 farming budget, Agriculture Minister Petre Daea told EURACTIV Romania in an interview.
Agrifood 21-02-2018

Greek stakeholders ask for less red tape in major rural development programme

Simplified application procedures and better communication among local, national and European stakeholders are the priorities for the improvement of Leader programmes which finance rural development projects, a new study has found. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Agrifood 23-11-2017

Hogan pleased with Greek efforts to close ‘digital gap’ in rural areas

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan is satisfied with the Greek government’s push for rural broadband, claiming that it will help farmers increase production.
Agrifood 15-11-2017

Auditors slam EU rural development spending as complex and unfocused

The European Court of Auditors criticised on Tuesday (14 November) the EU’s rural development programme for its slow implementation of spending and lack of focus on measurable results.
Agrifood 15-11-2017

Beyond the CAP: Complementarity in EU rural development funding

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Many rural areas suffer from high levels of unemployment and lack vital infrastructure like high-speed internet and transport connections: the EU’s rural residents are up to twice as likely as city-dwellers to experience poverty or social exclusion.
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