By reading recent reports on mitigating climate change, even those familiar with the topic might get lost.
Recent blog posts written by Attila Jambor
It seems strange at first sight that food prices are decreasing globally in the short run.
Agricultural incomes have continuously risen in the last decade in the vast majority of EU member states, questioning the need for infinite income support.
It seems shocking to see milk farmers marching on Brussels. While reading the news, an agricultural economist has some fundamental questions.
It seems that all the main stakeholders in the future CAP debate find we are moving forward. However, it depends on what we call forward.
A new budget for 2014-2020 has been agreed by the Council yesterday, suggesting that the CAP will not change remarkably in the future.
It seems that the majority of stakeholders are not happy with the latest vote of the European Parliaments agriculture committee.
It seems that everyone wants to spend more and more without questioning the effectiveness of spending.
The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) has recently launched a campaign “Future Food Farmers”, calling for generational renewal in the European agriculture.
A recent conference organised in the European Parliament brought agroforestry to the heart of the discussion on the CAP reform.
COPA-COGECA comes out with new ideas on greening but they help little to tackle its fundamental problem.
It seems that the New Member States want to further water down the original proposals of the Commission.
Despite the hot summer across Europe, the previous weeks were quite busy in Brussels. On June 18th and 19th 2012, the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee Rapporteurs presented their four draft reports on the reform on the Common Agricultural Policy, while one week on, on June 25th, these draft plans were confronted with national interests (based [...]
20 years have passed since the Earth Summit was organised in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will also be held in Rio this week and the apparent question comes what has happened in 20 years time. Almost nothing, many argue, as global sustainability is more on the [...]
Latest evidence shows that negotiations on greening have moved to their second stage. Since 12 October 2011, numerous critiques have arisen regarding the greening proposals criticised as ineffective and overly-restrictive for farmers. As a response to these, the European Commission proposed making some farming practices ‘equivalent’ to the three greening measures last Tuesday. Practically, this [...]
A Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is about to replace the SPS and the SAPS from 2014, therefore payment entitlements obtained under SPS shall expire on 31 December 2013. Under the new BPS, entitlements will be allocated to farmers who apply for it by 15 May 2014 and if he/she has either activated at least one [...]
On 1 January 2011, 41% of EU-27 population lived in urban regions, 35% in intermediate regions and only 23% in rural regions, as suggested by the latest release of Eurostat. What is more, the population of urban regions grew by 5.2 per 1000 inhabitants, that of intermediate regions by 2.2‰, while rural regions decreased by [...]
It seems that the definition of an active farmer is harder than one might expect at first sight.
It seems that the introduction of capping is irrelevant to almost all stakeholders and therefore can result in a political consensus.
A new alliance, led by France, seems to have arisen to save the status quo in the CAP post-2013.
Central European Chambers of Agriculture published a joint declaration last November demonstrating the interests of New Member States in the CAP post-2013.
The idea of the “green menu system”, proposed by the Groupe de Bruges in their recently published critical analysis of the Commission’s proposals is well worth considering.
EU agricultural real income per worker has risen again in 2011, raising serious questions regarding the idea of continuous income support endorsed by the European Commission.
The Polish Presidency was not focusing especially on agriculture but has reached some important results as well as missed some opportunities depending on which side of the coin one looks.
It is stated and accepted everywhere that the future CAP should be based on the existing two pillars, pretending that the current structure is working well.
It seems that the Commission neglects the fact that we cannot properly measure the value of public goods in Europe.
The Commission can always find a reason to justify direct payments.