A stinging attack on the European Parliament’s agriculture committee from one of Europe’s leading environmental NGOs
A new report reveals which farms would survive without CAP subsidies and which would fail
A study commissioned by the European Parliament endorses the ‘public money for public goods’ mantra.
The closer that CAP reform negotiations come to the finish line, the more will member states look at their financial bottom line. ‘How much do we pay, how much do we get?’ That question will concern finance ministers and heads of states at least as much as the objectives and instruments the CAP funds are spent on.
The historical roots of agricultural protectionism in Europe are deep – going back to the 19th century. Agriculture is not special in itself but a classical example of special interests defending their rents to the detriment of collective welfare.