The Commission’s €500 million assistance package for farmers follows closely the template followed in the 2009 milk crisis.
Recent blog posts written by Alan Matthews
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.
What is the potential for growth in EU agriculture in the coming period given its disappointing performance over the past two decades?
Hogan strongly confirmed by EP COMAGRI following his hearing yesterday.
Agricultural self-sufficiency in the EU mostly increased in the past decade despite the introduction of decoupling.
There appears to be little appetite for further CAP reform in the near future.
The impact of Russian sanctions against EU agri-food exports need to be kept in perspective, but will affect particular products and countries.
India played a poor hand in Geneva despite raising important issues on how domestic support should be measured under WTO rules
The Commission’s 2015 draft CAP budget keeps spending stable in 2015.
Geographical indications are among the hurdles in the US-EU talks on a transatlantic free trade agreement.
Food safety standards are one of the most difficult chapters in the US EU free trade negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
A new paper in Science is a formidable summary of the weaknesses of the current CAP reform from a biodiversity perspective.
Two different sources give wildly different estimates of what is happening to agricultural productivity in the EU.
The Greek Presidency may get Council agreement on new rules for GM crop cultivation in the EU by the beginning of the summer.
Does cross-compliance set the environmental baseline, or are GAEC standards additional restrictions on land management for which compensation must be paid?
Soil carbon sequestration can help in mitigating climate change but new thinking is needed on how to incentivise the needed changes in land management.
Producer organisations get new powers to restrict sales and to undertake market withdrawals during a market crisis in new single CMO regulation.
New evidence showing the growing number of people in high-income countries including the EU experiencing difficulties acquiring sufficient food.
EU country rankings based on relative food prices show little change since crisis began, DK the most expensive and PL the cheapest places to buy food.
While much of the rest of the world embraces the GM technologies with their economic, health and environmental benefits, Europe continues to flounder.