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Status update on Rural Development Programmes

Slow progress continues to be made in approval of EU rural development programmes

Scrap the crop diversification greening requirement and find a sensible replacement

The CAP crop diversification greening requirement is a scandalous waste of resources.

Should we limit methane emissions as part of air quality policy?

Methane ceilings should be retained in the revised National Emissions Ceiling Directive, but the actual levels should be reviewed and flexibilities introduced.

Prospects for CAP reform after 2020

What issues should be addressed by a future CAP?

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Alan Matthews

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His major research interests are agricultural policy analysis, the impact of international trade on developing countries, and computable general equilibrium analysis of trade and agricultural policy reforms. He has worked as a consultant to the European Parliament, the OECD, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the UN Industrial Development Organisation, and has been a panel member in a number of WTO Dispute Settlement procedures. He is a former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists but writes here in a personal capacity.