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 [...]
Recent blog posts written by Alan Matthews
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.
The distribution of CAP direct payments was still very unequal in 2012.
Commissioner Ciolos’ suggestion that export subsidies should be prohibited in trade agreements with African countries is a limited move but should be adopted.
Commission hints at new treatment of agriculture and LULUCF in future climate policy
One of the innovations in rural development programming for the next multi-annual period is that there is meant to be much greater integration between EAFRD spending and spending through the other structural and investment funds. Trying to achieve this greater integration has been, and is, a fraught and time-consuming process, with implications for when member [...]
The Commission’s proposal to use objective criteria to allocate Pillar 2 funds was rejected by the European Council; have member states been more successful?
The Agricultural Council yesterday concluded the legislative process on the 2013 CAP reform. This post discusses the factors shaping the Ciolos reform.
Developing countries are now the dynamic motor behind the growth in global agrifood trade.
New study of the impact of climate change on European agriculture shows how full adaptation can mitigate the negative effects and exploit the possible opportunities.
The relative stability in CAP spending in the 2014-2020 MFF compared to the 2007-2013 MFF suggests that different political economy factors play out in negotiating the EU budget for agriculture than at the national level.
Much lip-service is paid to safeguarding the future of the family farm in Europe, but what exactly is a family farm and why does it need help?
The intellectual case for the G-33 public stock-holding proposal for the Bali mini-package is weak and the proposal itself has the potential to lead to damaging trade distortions, not least for other developing countries.
The EU budget will transfer an even larger share of its total resources to EU farmers next year than it does currently as a result of the 2014 budget deal reached this week.