Average EU farm incomes have been remarkably resilient to recent market shocks despite severe falls in some member states and sectors
Recent blog posts written by Alan Matthews
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?
Land use change must be part of the optimal mix to address Ireland’s challenging task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The EU makes a proposal in the WTO to eliminate all export subsidies within three years.
The size of net transfers through the CAP is growing – might this affect the negotiating positions of member states?
Will there be a CAP mid-term review in 2017? And, if so, what should it do?
Protecting biodiversity through the CAP requires more spatially targeted schemes in Pillar 2.
The intervention logic for CAP policies forms the basis for monitoring and evaluation.
The EU’s importance as global agrifood exporter and importer is declining over time.
Why limited biodiversity benefits are expected from EFA implementation under CAP reform
On October 20th next I will take part in a workshop organised by DG AGRI at the Milan EXPO on the subject “Structural realities in EU agriculture: Does farm size matter?” The aim of the workshop is to discuss the challenges and opportunities brought about by the structural change of the EU agricultural sector for [...]
The Luxembourg informal Agriculture Council will discuss climate-smart agriculture.
The Commission’s €500 million assistance package for farmers follows closely the template followed in the 2009 milk crisis.
How serious is the current dairy market situation? Are prices really below costs of production? In this post, I examine recent dairy market trends to throw light on these questions. The Agriculture Council meeting tomorrow (see this post for a preview) is expected to agree a package of aid for dairy farmers, but why should [...]
Dairy assistance package expected at Agriculture Council meeting Monday 7 September 2015
Slow progress continues to be made in approval of EU rural development programmes
The CAP crop diversification greening requirement is a scandalous waste of resources.
Methane ceilings should be retained in the revised National Emissions Ceiling Directive, but the actual levels should be reviewed and flexibilities introduced.
What issues should be addressed by a future CAP?
Environmental assessment of new Irish agri-food expansion strategy side-steps the vital questions.
EU consultation on how to include agriculture, forestry and other land uses in its climate policy framework after 2020 closes today.
Forestry needs a level playing field with livestock.
Historical parallels show the immense difficulties in eliminating vine planting rights.
Agricultural price policy is a very poor instrument to use to steer consumers’ food consumption and diet choices.
New paper argues that UK withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) would have significant adverse effects for the Irish agri-food sector.
One of the success stories in the evolution of CAP reform has been the change from supporting the product to supporting the producer by moving, first, from market price support to coupled payments, and then by decoupling these payments. The 2013 CAP reform has reversed this process. Coupled aids have started to grow again, from [...]
Discusses background to US beef exports to the EU and asks if beef should be treated as a sensitive product in TTIP negotiations with the US
The EU is a largely self-sufficient economy when it comes to food and agriculture, so trade liberalisation will have limited impacts.
The declining farm share of value added in the food supply chain tells us nothing about the fairness of supply chain relationships.
The Energy Union package sets out that key pieces of legislation determining how climate targets will impact on agriculture will be published in 2016.
The UK dairy sector is not in a state of crisis, but ongoing structural changes are controversial.
It would seem important to gain a better understanding of why the EU’s supply response to higher world food prices has not matched that in Africa, let alone the rest of the world, since 2006.
The publication by the Commission of its second Draft Amending Budget (DAB No.2) to the EU’s 2015 budget this week reveals in stark figures the extent of the hiatus in CAP rural development spending caused by the delays in passing the relevant legislation and in approving rural development programmes. I first highlighted how approval of [...]
A UK withdrawal from the EU would raise trade costs for EU farm and food exporters and importers to and from the UK, depending on the trade arrangements in place after withdrawal.
How did the parallel negotiations on the size and composition of the MFF influence the outcome of the 2013 CAP reform?
What can we expect in 2015 from the CAP simplification agenda?
The 2015 EU budget outcome was game, set and match to the farm lobby.
The slow pace of approval of new Rural Development Programmes means farmers will be unable to tap into new Pillar 2 funds until second half of next year and even longer for agri-environment-climate measures,
Taking on board new concerns, such as rebasing the calculation of domestic support and extending disciplines on export restrictions, is the key to a successful outcome of the post-Bali work programme in agriculture.
Can a system in which taxpayers transfer €63,000 each year to each farmer in Luxembourg be justified?
Sugar beet prices could fall by 23% due to quota abolition according to a Joint Research Centre study, but there are many uncertainties.
Analysis of the ways agriculture will be affected by the European Council conclusions on the 2030 climate and energy framework
The Commission’s amending letter No.1 to the 2015 draft EU budget may indicate that willingness to accede to agricultural sector demands for increased support may now be reaching a saturation point.
The treatment of agriculture in the EU’s climate change targets for 2030 will still remain unclear after the European Council meeting later this week.