Archive | November, 2012

Council debate on greening raises more questions than answers

Watching the videostream of the Agricultural Council’s greening debate held earlier this week was a rather depressing experience. There is something profoundly wrong with a decision-making system where food and agricultural policy is determined solely by agricultural ministers who speak on behalf of their farmers only, with only the Commission present to even vaguely represent [...]

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Nobody cares what we spend our money on

It seems that everyone wants to spend more and more without questioning the effectiveness of spending.

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No decision on MFF budget at first attempt

European Council leaders fail to agree Van Rompuy’s second MFF proposal which reinstated a large share of the CAP Pillar 1 reductions previously suggested.

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Strengthening the role of young farmers in the future CAP

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) has recently launched a campaign “Future Food Farmers”, calling for generational renewal in the European agriculture.

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MFF baton passes to Van Rompuy: further cuts proposed compared to Commission proposal

Further cuts in agricultural budget proposed in Van Rompuy’s MFF proposal for the European Council.

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The US Farm Bill: Lessons for CAP Reform ?

The US Farm Bill debate has important consequences for the EU. But it should not be a source of inspiration for the MEPs…

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The nitty-gritty of CAP reform: the case of new entrants

David Barnes is the Scottish Government’s Deputy Director for Agriculture and Rural Development. He sits with his Minister around the Council of Agricultural Ministers’ table as the negotiations on the shape of the CAP2020 take place and, more interestingly, he blogs about it. His blog gives an insider’s view and a personal perspective on what [...]

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European Parliament postpones vote on CAP reforms

New European Parliament timetable for CAP reform decisions puts 2014 implementation in doubt.

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