2016 was an average year for EU-28 farm income, but individual Member States experienced very different trends
Recent blog posts written by Alan Matthews
UK Conservative Party manifesto confirms course for a ‘hard’ Brexit
That 131,000 farms receive one-third of the direct payments budget cannot be justified.
Using agricultural policy to create jobs has a clear opportunity cost which must be factored into decision-making.
RISE Foundation report argues for significant changes in the way the CAP budget is spent.
The Basic Payment may encourage some farmers to adopt an easy life, but it also facilitates efficiency-improving investment
Conflicting evidence whether CAP has helped to retain jobs in agriculture
Around one-third of EU farm holdings are economically vulnerable, indicating potential for significant structural change
Conclusions from March 2017 AGRIFISH Council meeting indicate support for return to aspects of the old CAP.
Some of De Castro’s proposed amendments to the Omnibus Regulation will likely prove controversial.
The Commission Communication on modernising and simplifying the CAP will likely focus on limited amendments to the current CAP basic acts.
GM decision-making remains paralysed and Brexit will not help to resolve the deadlock.
Possible outcomes for UK domestic support commitments in its WTO schedule after Brexit
Unless the UK can be persuaded to stay in the EU customs union, the value of Irish agri-food trade would suffer a swingeing cut.
Why further reform of the CAP is needed now
The clock is ticking for those Member States/regions which have yet to submit their revised Areas with Natural Constraints delineations.
COMAGRI sets out its views on how it intends to approach the Commission’s proposals on reform of the CAP basic acts.
Revisions to the CAP basic acts in the coming years will likely be incremental, with a major rethink put off to 2022 or 2023.
How might direct payments be reformed in the next iteration of the CAP?
Bibliography of documents relating to the CAP post 2020.
How the US farm safety net works
The future of direct payments will be one of the topics discussed at COMAGRI hearing on CAP post 2020 next week.
Commission 2017 Work Programme includes DG AGRI paper on future policy priorities for the CAP
Commission impact assessment of proposed Effort Sharing Regulation may have deliberately down-played scope for agricultural mitigation
Impact assessment indicates no additional agricultural mitigation required to achieve EU 2030 climate targets
EU agricultural policy is increasingly shaped by external forces and objectives, and this will continue to be the case after 2020
Calculations showing the impact of Brexit on the net budget balances of the remaining Member States
Senior Commission advisor Karl Falkenberg’s views on what a sustainable CAP would look like.
Ranking direct payments by farm income shows that the 750,000 farms with the highest farm incomes receive 55% of all payments
Germany and the Netherlands will be the main losers if CAP spending is maintained after Brexit.
Evaluating the impact of the voluntary milk supply reduction programme must take into account slippage and the opportunity cost of milk not delivered.
Even with goodwill, we may not be able to avoid the re-imposition of tariffs on trade between the UK and the EU after Brexit
Over on the ARC2020 website, they are having a debate on the #MilkCrisis to which I was asked to contribute. Below is my contribution to that debate. “The weighted average milk price for the EU-28 in May was 26.6 c/litre, a price last seen during the last trough in the price cycle in 2009 when [...]
The British people in their referendum yesterday expressed their wish to leave the European Union. It is a decision I deeply regret. I believe it will have negative consequences for the UK in terms of economic growth and possibly constitutional stability. For the EU, it is not possible now to foresee the longer-term consequences. At [...]
The high dependence of Irish family farm income on public support must give pause for thought.
The Greenpeace leak of the consolidated text of the TTIP SPS chapter shows how unwarranted the fuss about TTIP and food safety has been.
Member states want to restrict milk supply on the one hand while subsidising milk production on the other.
EU farms remain hugely dependent on public transfers and direct payments
How voluntary supply management and more flexible state aids can be used to address the market crisis.
Risk management remains the orphan of the CAP, according to new European Parliament study
European Parliament begins preparations for MFF Mid-Term Review/Revision
US farm income drop since 2013 much more severe than in EU
Average EU farm incomes have been remarkably resilient to recent market shocks despite severe falls in some member states and sectors
EU Agriculture Council supports proposal for voluntary milk supply reduction scheme, but its effectiveness can be questioned.
Temporary supply management schemes offer no solution to the EU milk crisis
Dispelling some myths on agriculture in the debate around Brexit
The prescribed review/revision of the EU’s multi-annual financial framework will take place in 2016 – will it have implications for agricultural spending?
Different views on how to protect geographical indications (GIs) complicate finding a negotiating outcome in the TTIP negotiations.
How would the UK’s WTO commitments be established in the event of a Brexit and how constraining would they be?
What is the relative importance of quota elimination and high milk prices in 2014 to the growth of EU milk production in 2015?