Archive | October, 2010

For an Ambitious Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

New declaration by agricultural economists criticizes policy-makers’ status quo bias.

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EU budget review cautious on future spending priorities

The Commission has published its long-delayed budget review which follows a public consultation on the EU budget which began as a mid-term budget review in 2008-09. An earlier version leaked last year, and apparently drafted by Commission President Barroso’s advisers (see Jack Thurston’s post on this), recommended specific targets for the reallocation of EU spending, [...]

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Commission leaked draft fails to advance reform debate

The draft Commission communication on the CAP towards 2020 is an underwhelming document, not just for those seeking to push an ambitious reform agenda but also for those seeking a roadmap to address issues that the Commissioner himself has identified as up for discussion. As Mairead McGuinness, the Irish MEP, commented, it lacks both detail [...]

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The circle that cannot be squared

The leaked commission communication on the future of the CAP reveals internal contradictions in the core approach. An extended guest post by Jorge Núñez Ferrer

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The Commission communication leak in full

It is traditional that the Commission leaks a near-final version of its communications on CAP reform. Here’s this year’s.

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