Archive | September, 2011

Eurobarometer on CAP reform

New poll shows public support for main thrust of the Commission’s reform plans

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Production effects of moving to flatter structure of direct payments

Redistributing direct payments between and across Member States will have only marginal effects on EU production, recent studies show.

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Updating the base period for SPS entitlements

Fears that proposal to use 2014 as the basis for new updated entitlements in Commission’s legislative proposal could lead to a land grab that would disrupt land rental markets.

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Problems viewing graphs in posts using Internet Explorer

Apologies that there appears to be a problem in viewing in-post images in previous posts using Internet Explorer, which means that often the browser does not display the associated graphs. At the moment I don’t understand the reason for this, but if you want to see the graphics, then please use an alternative browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera.

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What is the likely cost of greening Pillar 1?

The Commission estimates that the gross cost of the green measures in Pillar 1 will be at least €5 billion, although the cost to farmers will be lower because reduced market supply will help to raise product prices. Is this the best way of spending €5 billion to maximise the value of the additional environmental benefits produced by farmers?

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The future for national envelopes and Member State flexibility in Pillar 1

National envelopes to be replaced by broader scope for recoupling in Commission’s draft Regulation on direct payments post 2013.

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Court of Auditors launches broadside against deficiencies in agri-environment schemes

Court’s criticisms raise fundamental policy choice for the Commission as it seeks to shift more CAP spending to environmental public goods

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The mystery of the EU’s disappearing AMS

Or, how the EU managed to reduce its reported current Total AMS by rewriting the way it reports support to fruit and vegetable production.

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How will Rural Development funds be allocated among the member states?

Simulations of different criteria for the distribution of Pillar 2 funds in the Commission’s draft impact assessment show how political is the choice of objective criteria.

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Global food prices remain very high

The Commission has published its latest international food price monitoring newsletter for September. Continuing high food prices fuel concern about food price inflation in developing and emerging economies.

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Commission’s impact assessment of direct payments changes

Commission impact assessment confirms very limited redistribution across Member States under the preferred option in the multiannual financial framework.

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Draft market organisation regulation confirms market orientation with safeguards

The end of sugar quotas and a strengthened market disturbance clause are the highlights of the draft proposal on common market organisations.

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Leaked rural development regulation has few surprises

Greater flexibility in how the money can be spent will be welcomed by Member States.

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Leaked legislative proposals anticipate Commission CAP reform proposals due October 12th

Compulsory greening the biggest surprise in draft Commission regulation on direct payments after 2013. Commission sets goal of uniform direct payment per ha across all Member States by 2029.

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Lamy: Trade is vital for food security

Should agriculture be treated like shirts, shoes and tyres and fall under the same trade regime, asks Pascal Lamy?

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