Delay in updating the agricultural State aid instruments to make them consistent with the new CAP legislation could make finalisation of Strategic Plans more difficult
Recent blog posts written by Alan Matthews
Review of the Commission Impact Assessment market and trade outcomes for different CAP scenarios
The Commission’s proposed Pillar 2 allocations by Member State show no political judgements to reflect changing needs or changing justifications for this expenditure have been made.
How the CAP Strategic Plan legislation could be strengthened
EU trade-distorting support creeping upwards in latest WTO notification
Commission’s MFF proposal implies that CAP spending as share of EU budget remains on long-term trend
The redistributive payment can be an effective means of redistribution for Member States that want to use it.
I want to revert to the topic of the capping of direct payments under the CAP, which I last discussed here and here. It is not the most important issue in the Commission’s legislative proposals for the CAP after 2020. But the issue of the fairness of direct payments was raised as an issue in [...]
Wales is one of the three devolved government regions which along with England make up the four countries in the UK. Its agricultural sector is, in absolute terms, small. Around 38,400 holdings farm an area of 1.9 million hectares, with an average farm size of 49 hectares. Just over 15,000 of these holdings receive support [...]
The Article 92 commitment to increased ambition with regard to environmental- and climate-related objectives
Article 92 requiring increased environmental and climate ambition in the CAP Strategic Plans needs to be strengthened
The new green architecture proposed by the Commission has the potential to bring about a higher level of environmental and climate ambition if Member States care to use it
France’s support for an increased CAP budget is surprising
Still questions on what Commission’s CAP budget allocations in next MFF mean for changes in the CAP budget
Capping direct payments at €60,000 will have no effect as long as the loophole to deduct salaries first is allowed.
The Commission’s MFF proposal assumes direct payments will be maintained in nominal terms while rural development expenditure will be cut by one quarter over period of next MFF
The ageing of the farm workforce can be explained by general social trends in Europe, and does not justify additional expenditure on young farmer schemes
Persuading African governments to increase their support for agricultural development would be a good thing, but it won’t reduce migration pressures
Brexit may provide both opportunities and threats for developing country exporters of agri-food products to the UK.
National co-financing of CAP Pillar 1 payments can both improve the efficiency of CAP spending and contribute to solving the budget gap in the next MFF
The European Council guidelines do not provide much comfort that a ‘cliff-edge’ at the end of 2020 can be avoided.
Does the draft Withdrawal Agreement mean the Turkish option for the UK during the transition period?
Dairy herd structures have evolved very differently in the US and in the EU, will this change now quotas are eliminated?
The UK vision of an agricultural policy without direct income support for farming contrasts with the Commission Communication
National co-financing of CAP Pillar 1 payments should be introduced as part of European Council conclusions on the next MFF.
The Omnibus Regulation relaxes limits on coupled support.
Most Member States still to complete remapping of ANC areas, but Omnibus Regulation gives them another year. ,
It now looks likely that the Commission MFF proposal in May will shield the CAP budget from further unexpected cuts.
2017 was a record year for EU agricultural income
How can the next Multiannual Financial Framework support a more efficient CAP?
Agreeing on transition arrangements after Brexit could face legal and political difficulties
The CAP Communication repeats some well-worn nostrums that are well past their sell-by date, but it also embraces some forward-looking elements which deserve support.
Implementation of direct payments in 2015 shows total failure of degressivity and capping to have any impact
Examining the financial constraints on the size of the CAP budget in the next EU Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF)
The good, the bad and the unknown in the leaked draft version of the Commission Communication on the Future of the CAP
The British Foreign Secretary, with his stance on possible UK budget contributions in return for access to the single market, may yet jeopardise the future relationship between the UK and the EU after Brexit..
President Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for Europe in a major speech at the Sorbonne yesterday. This speech was billed as an Initiative for Europe and set out the President’s ambitions in a range of areas – defence, counter-intelligence, asylum and migration policy, an external policy focused on Africa and the Mediterranean, a sustainable [...]
How the EU budgetary context is likely to shape the CAP after 2020
Processors smooth milk prices over the cycle and farmers seem to get a fair market price.
Farmers would prefer a fixed CAP budget to be spent on an income stabilisation tool rather than direct payments.
How should the EU respond to the UK’s proposals for customs co-operation after Brexit?
Re-introducing tariffs on UK-EU trade would significantly reduce trade in certain sectors including foodstuffs
The EU-Brazil WTO proposal on domestic support and public stockholding is a significant step.
CDU/CSU manifesto for German election in September lays out some objectives for the future CAP.
Avoiding the ‘cliff edge’: Immediate trade arrangements post-Brexit need to be given higher priority in Article 50 negotiations
The EU needs to give greater priority to immediate post-Brexit trade arrangements in the Article 50 negotiations
2016 was an average year for EU-28 farm income, but individual Member States experienced very different trends
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