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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.
Agrifood 23-10-2017

Rural development in Europe: How can the CAP support social cohesion and growth?

Rural areas cover 52% of the EU’s territory and are home to 112 million people. They find employment not only in the agricultural sector, but also in the food industry and tourism, which employ nearly 15 million people.
Agrifood 19-10-2017

Farmers call for investment to make rural areas ‘worth living in’

Europe needs to address the rural exodus with policies and investments that make farming an attractive career choice. But political uncertainty over the bloc’s agricultural policy is keeping investors away, experts said at an event organised by EURACTIV in Brussels on Tuesday (17 October).
Development Policy 09-10-2017

Report: Rural areas key to economic growth in developing countries

Millions of young people in developing countries who are poised to enter the labour force in the coming decades need not flee rural areas to escape poverty, according to a new FAO report published on Monday (9 October), seen in advance by EURACTIV.com.
Broadband 04-08-2017

Rural areas have bad internet access in most member states

Many rural parts of the EU have poor or no broadband internet, even as lawmakers in Brussels discuss new rules to speed up connectivity.
Agrifood 16-05-2017

Bioenergy for rural development: An engine of growth for a rural renaissance

Emigration, unemployment, lack of services: these are among the many challenges faced by European rural areas.
Biofuels 12-05-2017

Ethanol industry expert: Biofuels tug-of-war is an EU invention

The conflict between second and first generation biofuels – depicted as good and bad for the environment – only exists in Brussels. In fact, it’s the brainchild of the European Commission, Eric Sievers told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 12-04-2017

Commission: The future relies on boosting ‘Smart Villages’

In an effort to revitalise rural communities and make them more attractive and sustainable, together with MEPs, the European Commission on Tuesday (11 April) launched an EU action called “Smart Villages”.
Agrifood 21-03-2017

Hogan: Data ownership should not weaken farmers’ position

Data ownership and access should be organised in such a way that farmers' competitiveness is improved, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Agrifood 14-03-2017

Report: ‘Multifunctional’ women could save EU rural areas

Women can help revive declining rural areas in the EU and prevent further urbanisation, say MEPs in a new report.
Agrifood 20-01-2017

Organic farmers call for sustainability-driven CAP payments

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).
Agrifood 20-12-2016

How Spanish farmers try to make a profit

Direct aid, funds from the second pillar, input costs and farming income are just some of the many balls that agriculturalists have to juggle these days. These factors ultimately make or break a farming enterprise. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.
Agrifood 29-07-2016

Smart farming trying to find its feet in EU agriculture

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.