Archive | Blog posts RSS feed for this section

The sacred cow of the two pillars

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.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Public goods measurement concerns in the CAP post 2013

It seems that the Commission neglects the fact that we cannot properly measure the value of public goods in Europe.

3 Comments Continue Reading →

EFAs v. Set-Aside

Ecological Focus Areas are new departure for the CAP that seek to boost ‘green infrastructure’

3 Comments Continue Reading →

New Commission study on impacts of Doha Round

New study suggests the EU along with China would be the major winner from a conclusion of the Doha Round negotiations, with limited impacts expected for EU agriculture.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

‘Greening’ – a return to compulsory set-aside

Is a return to set-aside the best way of achieving environmental objectives?

7 Comments Continue Reading →

Russian WTO accession by end year?

There is now a real prospect that Russia will gain membership of the WTO before year end, which would bring benefits for the EU agri-food sector.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Farmers and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

The European Trade Union Confederation has questioned whether farmers should be entitled to support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in the next financial framework period.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

On the justification for direct payments

The Commission can always find a reason to justify direct payments.

2 Comments Continue Reading →

The legislative timeline for CAP reform

MEP Mairead McGuinness points out that the timeline for the legislative procedure on CAP reform is very tight, with even the possibility the current regime would need be rolled over one year into 2014.

1 Comment Continue Reading →

Updated analysis of Commission legislative proposals

Updated and revised analysis of the trade and development implications of the Commission’s legislative proposals published.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Analysis of the Commission’s legislative proposals due tomorrow Wednesday 12 October

ICTSD have published a draft paper that I have authored examining the trade and development implications of the measures likely to be included in the Commission’s legislative proposals on CAP reform tomorrow. Click on the heading for the link.

1 Comment Continue Reading →

The future role for the European Innovation Partnership for agricultural productivity and sustainability

Information on how the new European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Sustainability and Productivity will work is scarce, but initial soundings raise a question mark over how much it will really do to reverse the declining growth in agricultural productivity.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Eurobarometer on CAP reform

New poll shows public support for main thrust of the Commission’s reform plans

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Production effects of moving to flatter structure of direct payments

Redistributing direct payments between and across Member States will have only marginal effects on EU production, recent studies show.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Updating the base period for SPS entitlements

Fears that proposal to use 2014 as the basis for new updated entitlements in Commission’s legislative proposal could lead to a land grab that would disrupt land rental markets.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Problems viewing graphs in posts using Internet Explorer

Apologies that there appears to be a problem in viewing in-post images in previous posts using Internet Explorer, which means that often the browser does not display the associated graphs. At the moment I don’t understand the reason for this, but if you want to see the graphics, then please use an alternative browser such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

What is the likely cost of greening Pillar 1?

The Commission estimates that the gross cost of the green measures in Pillar 1 will be at least €5 billion, although the cost to farmers will be lower because reduced market supply will help to raise product prices. Is this the best way of spending €5 billion to maximise the value of the additional environmental benefits produced by farmers?

Comments Off Continue Reading →

The future for national envelopes and Member State flexibility in Pillar 1

National envelopes to be replaced by broader scope for recoupling in Commission’s draft Regulation on direct payments post 2013.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Court of Auditors launches broadside against deficiencies in agri-environment schemes

Court’s criticisms raise fundamental policy choice for the Commission as it seeks to shift more CAP spending to environmental public goods

1 Comment Continue Reading →

The mystery of the EU’s disappearing AMS

Or, how the EU managed to reduce its reported current Total AMS by rewriting the way it reports support to fruit and vegetable production.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

How will Rural Development funds be allocated among the member states?

Simulations of different criteria for the distribution of Pillar 2 funds in the Commission’s draft impact assessment show how political is the choice of objective criteria.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Global food prices remain very high

The Commission has published its latest international food price monitoring newsletter for September. Continuing high food prices fuel concern about food price inflation in developing and emerging economies.

4 Comments Continue Reading →

Commission’s impact assessment of direct payments changes

Commission impact assessment confirms very limited redistribution across Member States under the preferred option in the multiannual financial framework.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Draft market organisation regulation confirms market orientation with safeguards

The end of sugar quotas and a strengthened market disturbance clause are the highlights of the draft proposal on common market organisations.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Leaked rural development regulation has few surprises

Greater flexibility in how the money can be spent will be welcomed by Member States.

4 Comments Continue Reading →

Leaked legislative proposals anticipate Commission CAP reform proposals due October 12th

Compulsory greening the biggest surprise in draft Commission regulation on direct payments after 2013. Commission sets goal of uniform direct payment per ha across all Member States by 2029.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Lamy: Trade is vital for food security

Should agriculture be treated like shirts, shoes and tyres and fall under the same trade regime, asks Pascal Lamy?

Comments Off Continue Reading →

EU agricultural policy: great potential for budget savings

This guest post is written by Professor Ulrich Koester, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Market Analysis and Policy at the University of Kiel. It originally appeared in German as an opinion piece in the periodical Wirtschaftsdienst 8/2011.

Comments Off Continue Reading →
Professor Alan Matthews

Seeds of a conflict

An EU ban on Egyptian fenugreek seeds disrupts the Union’s efforts to help stabilise the country.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Life after the Doha Round

Last week’s WTO meetings suggest there will be no Doha Round agreement in the immediate future. The December Ministerial Conference has the responsibility to chart a roadmap for life after Doha.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

EU-Moroccan agricultural trade deal running into trouble in European Parliament

Agriculture Committee adds voice calling for rejection of further agricultural trade liberalisation with Morocco.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

What future for the CAP financial discipline mechanism?

Whether direct payments could still be reduced under the financial discipline mechanism in the 2014-20 period and, if yes, how it would work has still not been clarified by the Commission.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

The genius of French farmers

Making a point to a global television audience

1 Comment Continue Reading →

Did the Commission have second thoughts on raiding Pillar 2 to support Pillar 1 payments?

Mystery of the missing sentence in published Q&A on Multiannual Financial Framework

3 Comments Continue Reading →

Food assistance for most deprived persons

Instead of shifting this item from the CAP to the Social Fund, should it be part of the EU budget at all?

4 Comments Continue Reading →

Commission multiannual budget plan protects the CAP budget

Commission proposals are a stunning victory for Commissioner Ciolos and farmers in seeking to hold on to the CAP budget

1 Comment Continue Reading →

Further risk management toolkit for EU agriculture not warranted

New report by Stefan Tangermann rejects arguments for additional publicly-funded risk management tools as part of the new CAP

Comments Off Continue Reading →

What has been happening to the numbers undernourished during the food crisis?

New estimates suggest a substantial fall in the numbers undernourished in recent years despite the food crisis.

1 Comment Continue Reading →

European Parliament displays little courage in its report on the future EU budget

The European Parliament’s opening shot in the EU’s multi-annual budget negotiations inspires little confidence that it is a credible budget partner.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Paying for the EHEC food safety crisis

Calls to compensate vegetable growers for losses due to the EHEC food scare raise the question who should finance the costs of food crises

1 Comment Continue Reading →

Haskins sets out vision for CAP reform

British peer and farmer calls for radical reform (again).

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Tangermann pulls Commission reform plans to pieces

Stefan Tangermann, Professor Emeritus at the University of Gottingen and former Director of the Trade and Agriculture Division of the OECD, has produced a devastating critique of the Commission’s CAP post-2013 communication for the European Parliament.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

French environmentalists try the rough way

A hard-hitting advertising campaign by French environmentalists has inflamed the national debate on agriculture, but will it result in a greener CAP?

2 Comments Continue Reading →

Sustainable intenstification

‘More from less’ is the new mantra in science circles. Will someone tell the European Parliament?

3 Comments Continue Reading →

How the CAP budget is perceived by the Member States

A new paper by Franco Sotte shows how examining the ex post importance of CAP payments in the EU budget rather than their ex ante shares gives a different understanding of how Member States benefit from the CAP budget.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

The challenge of reducing agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions

Changing consumption patterns, not production systems, offers the best way to reduce the contribution of farming to climate change

2 Comments Continue Reading →

Developing country impacts of the next CAP reform

I would like to use this post to draw attention to a recent paper which I wrote for the International Centre for Sustainable Trade and Development which examined how developing countries might be affected by the Commission’s proposals for CAP reform set out in the November 2010 communication. One of the positive features in the [...]

4 Comments Continue Reading →

Heads you win, tails I lose

For some, farm subsidies are the answer to every problem

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Doha round agreement would leave EU farm subsidies untouched

Decoupling means EU has plenty of headroom if a WTO agreement to cap trade-distorting farm subsidies is reached

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Ciolos hearing at the House of Commons

On 13 January, Dacian Ciolos gave testimony to the UK Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on CAP reform.

Comments Off Continue Reading →