Yesterday’s reshuffle of the Danish government included the appointment of a new minister for agriculture: Henrik Høegh. Less than a day into his new job, he is becoming embroiled in a political row over a perceived conflict of interest. The reason? Mr Høegh is a farmer who receives more than sixty thousand euro a year [...]
Jack Thurston talks to Paolo De Castro MEP, chair of the parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.
Farm ministers from the new member states of central and eastern Europe meet to mount a defence of a large agricultural budget after 2013.
CAP subsidies as reported to the WTO reached the highest level in ten years in 2006/07 at over €90 billion.
The European Food Declaration calls for a new agriculture policy based around ‘food sovereignty’.
The biggest driver for reform of the CAP is budgetary and the views of member states are critical, since they hold the EU’s purse strings. A new analysis of member state positions on the EU budget and the CAP shows that while there is support for reform of the EU budget there is little agreement on what reform actually means.