Archive | December, 2011

Europe’s hens to have a happier New Year

Europe’s laying hens are looking forward to a happier New Year, but what will happen to the eggs from the 50 million birds still kept in conventional battery cages?

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Environment Ministers fail to endorse Commission’s greening proposals

The refusal of the Environment Council meeting on 19 December last to endorse the Commission’s greening proposals in its legislative proposals for CAP reform has been interpreted as a victory for agricultural interests attempting to water down the greening element in these proposals. But this interpretation may underestimate the extent to which there is genuine doubt about the effectiveness and environmental value of the measures that the Commission proposes.

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The challenge of moving to the regional model

Moving to the regional model of basic income support poses considerable challenges for member states which currently use the historical model. An Irish proposal seeks to create a linkage between the mechanism used for converging payments across member states and flattening payments within member states, but will it fly?

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CAP reform conference December 19th 2011

Commission conference with academics and researchers on the CAP reform legislative reform proposals on 19 December 2011.

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Agreeing the allocation of CAP funds between Member States

Ireland proposes an allocation key based on Pillars 1 and 2 combined which has the virtue of consistency but which would need further modifications to make it acceptable to the new member states.

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What Durban means for EU agriculture

Decisions at the Durban climate conference will have potentially important effects for the challenges facing EU farming as it attempts to reduce its carbon footprint in order to meet EU greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

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Launch of E-learning CAP course

New online learning course about the CAP launched.

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Agricultural consequences of the eurozone crisis

The EU agricultural and food sectors, and the negotiations on CAP reform, are unlikely to remain unaffected by the continuing eurozone crisis.

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New CAP income payment could produce new policy failures

The new CAP reform should take account of the differentiation of the level of payments by the use of land.

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