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Avoiding the ‘cliff edge’: Immediate trade arrangements post-Brexit need to be given higher priority in Article 50 negotiations

The EU needs to give greater priority to immediate post-Brexit trade arrangements in the Article 50 negotiations

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EU farm incomes in 2016

2016 was an average year for EU-28 farm income, but individual Member States experienced very different trends

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What the UK Conservative Party manifesto says about Brexit

UK Conservative Party manifesto confirms course for a ‘hard’ Brexit

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Does capping direct payments make sense?

That 131,000 farms receive one-third of the direct payments budget cannot be justified.

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Promoting rural jobs through the CAP

Using agricultural policy to create jobs has a clear opportunity cost which must be factored into decision-making.

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CAP – out of the box thinking

RISE Foundation report argues for significant changes in the way the CAP budget is spent.

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Does the Basic Payment make farmers lazy?

The Basic Payment may encourage some farmers to adopt an easy life, but it also facilitates efficiency-improving investment

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Is a level playing field an argument for continued support to UK agriculture after Brexit?

We are pleased to publish this guest post by David Blandford (Penn State University) and Berkeley Hill (Imperial College London). The President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) of England and Wales told the Food Manufacture Group’s Business Leaders’ Forum (Feb 14, 2017) that the NFU is currently actively lobbying the UK government to ensure [...]

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The CAP and agricultural employment

Conflicting evidence whether CAP has helped to retain jobs in agriculture

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COMAGRI co-rapporteur proposes Omnibus Regulation amendments

COMAGRI co-rapporteur on the Omnibus Regulation explains reasons for his amendments

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The viability of EU farms

Around one-third of EU farm holdings are economically vulnerable, indicating potential for significant structural change

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AGRIFISH Council meeting underlines pressures to reverse CAP reform

Conclusions from March 2017 AGRIFISH Council meeting indicate support for return to aspects of the old CAP.

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COMAGRI rapporteur’s draft amendments to Omnibus Regulation

Some of De Castro’s proposed amendments to the Omnibus Regulation will likely prove controversial.

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Britain’s policy for agriculture post-Brexit

Brexit provides the UK with an opportunity to redesign its agricultural policy along more sensible lines.

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What can we expect following the CAP public consultation?

The Commission Communication on modernising and simplifying the CAP will likely focus on limited amendments to the current CAP basic acts.

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GMO decision-making and the potential impact of Brexit

GM decision-making remains paralysed and Brexit will not help to resolve the deadlock.

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Establishing the UK’s non-exempt limit on agricultural support after Brexit

Possible outcomes for UK domestic support commitments in its WTO schedule after Brexit

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Brexit and Irish agri-food trade

Unless the UK can be persuaded to stay in the EU customs union, the value of Irish agri-food trade would suffer a swingeing cut.

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Why further reform of the CAP is needed now

Why further reform of the CAP is needed now

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Designating new Areas with Natural Constraints

The clock is ticking for those Member States/regions which have yet to submit their revised Areas with Natural Constraints delineations.

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First COMAGRI discussion on Omnibus Regulation

COMAGRI sets out its views on how it intends to approach the Commission’s proposals on reform of the CAP basic acts.

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Triggering the next revisions of the CAP

Revisions to the CAP basic acts in the coming years will likely be incremental, with a major rethink put off to 2022 or 2023.

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We need a British Ecosystem Services Policy not a British Agricultural Policy

A proposal for a post-Brexit agricultural land management policy

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More on the future of direct payments

How might direct payments be reformed in the next iteration of the CAP?

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Bibliography of proposals for CAP post 2020 Feb 2017

Bibliography of documents relating to the CAP post 2020.

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The US farm safety net

How the US farm safety net works

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The future of direct payments

The future of direct payments will be one of the topics discussed at COMAGRI hearing on CAP post 2020 next week.

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Has the starting signal sounded for the next CAP reform?

Commission 2017 Work Programme includes DG AGRI paper on future policy priorities for the CAP

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Mitigation potential in EU agriculture

Commission impact assessment of proposed Effort Sharing Regulation may have deliberately down-played scope for agricultural mitigation

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Is agriculture off the hook in the EU’s 2030 climate policy?

Impact assessment indicates no additional agricultural mitigation required to achieve EU 2030 climate targets

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How external influences have shaped the CAP

EU agricultural policy is increasingly shaped by external forces and objectives, and this will continue to be the case after 2020

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Impact of Brexit on the EU budget

Calculations showing the impact of Brexit on the net budget balances of the remaining Member States

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Karl Falkenberg’s reflections on the CAP

Senior Commission advisor Karl Falkenberg’s views on what a sustainable CAP would look like.

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Focus on the distribution of direct payments

Ranking direct payments by farm income shows that the 750,000 farms with the highest farm incomes receive 55% of all payments

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Impact of Brexit on CAP budget net balances for remaining Member States

Germany and the Netherlands will be the main losers if CAP spending is maintained after Brexit.

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The voluntary milk supply reduction measure in the July 2016 farm aid package

Evaluating the impact of the voluntary milk supply reduction programme must take into account slippage and the opportunity cost of milk not delivered.

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UK Brexit and WTO farm support limits

Determining the UK’s share of the EU’s trade-distorting domestic support ceiling after Brexit will depend partly on the allocation key but also the amount to which it is applied.

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Waking up to Brexit – two weeks on

Even with goodwill, we may not be able to avoid the re-imposition of tariffs on trade between the UK and the EU after Brexit

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Supply management in milk policy

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 UK opts for Brexit, what next?

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 [...]

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When is enough taxpayer aid enough?

The high dependence of Irish family farm income on public support must give pause for thought.

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Much ado about nothing in TTIP leaks on food safety standards

The Greenpeace leak of the consolidated text of the TTIP SPS chapter shows how unwarranted the fuss about TTIP and food safety has been.

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Milk policy in the EU – a case of policy incoherence

Member states want to restrict milk supply on the one hand while subsidising milk production on the other.

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The dependence of EU farm income on public support

EU farms remain hugely dependent on public transfers and direct payments

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Update on market crisis measures

How voluntary supply management and more flexible state aids can be used to address the market crisis.

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Use of risk management tools in the CAP

Risk management remains the orphan of the CAP, according to new European Parliament study

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Preparing for the MFF Mid-Term Review

European Parliament begins preparations for MFF Mid-Term Review/Revision

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Further note on EU farm income trends

US farm income drop since 2013 much more severe than in EU

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Recent trends in EU farm incomes

Average EU farm incomes have been remarkably resilient to recent market shocks despite severe falls in some member states and sectors

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The use of CAP impact indicators for policy evaluation

The methodology proposed by the Commission to evaluate the Common Agricultural Policy Pillar 1 is not well-designed to yield sensible results.

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