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 [...]
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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?
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.