Archive | June, 2010

BirdLife takes aim at Lyon

A stinging attack on the European Parliament’s agriculture committee from one of Europe’s leading environmental NGOs

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The worst case scenario examined

A new report reveals which farms would survive without CAP subsidies and which would fail

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The future of direct payments

A study commissioned by the European Parliament endorses the ‘public money for public goods’ mantra.

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Which member states pay for wasteful farm income support?

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.

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The historic roots of agricultural protectionism in Europe

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.

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A three pillar CAP?

Two pillars are not enough for a sustainable future for the CAP, say leading agricultural economists.

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