The Commission can always find a reason to justify direct payments.
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.
Updated and revised analysis of the trade and development implications of the Commission’s legislative proposals published.
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.
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.
New poll shows public support for main thrust of the Commission’s reform plans
Redistributing direct payments between and across Member States will have only marginal effects on EU production, recent studies show.
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.
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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?
National envelopes to be replaced by broader scope for recoupling in Commission’s draft Regulation on direct payments post 2013.
Court’s criticisms raise fundamental policy choice for the Commission as it seeks to shift more CAP spending to environmental public goods
Or, how the EU managed to reduce its reported current Total AMS by rewriting the way it reports support to fruit and vegetable production.
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.
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.
Commission impact assessment confirms very limited redistribution across Member States under the preferred option in the multiannual financial framework.
The end of sugar quotas and a strengthened market disturbance clause are the highlights of the draft proposal on common market organisations.
Greater flexibility in how the money can be spent will be welcomed by Member States.
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.
Should agriculture be treated like shirts, shoes and tyres and fall under the same trade regime, asks Pascal Lamy?
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.
An EU ban on Egyptian fenugreek seeds disrupts the Union’s efforts to help stabilise the country.
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.
Agriculture Committee adds voice calling for rejection of further agricultural trade liberalisation with Morocco.
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.
Making a point to a global television audience
Mystery of the missing sentence in published Q&A on Multiannual Financial Framework
Instead of shifting this item from the CAP to the Social Fund, should it be part of the EU budget at all?
Commission proposals are a stunning victory for Commissioner Ciolos and farmers in seeking to hold on to the CAP budget
New report by Stefan Tangermann rejects arguments for additional publicly-funded risk management tools as part of the new CAP
New estimates suggest a substantial fall in the numbers undernourished in recent years despite the food crisis.
The European Parliament’s opening shot in the EU’s multi-annual budget negotiations inspires little confidence that it is a credible budget partner.
Calls to compensate vegetable growers for losses due to the EHEC food scare raise the question who should finance the costs of food crises
British peer and farmer calls for radical reform (again).
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.
A hard-hitting advertising campaign by French environmentalists has inflamed the national debate on agriculture, but will it result in a greener CAP?
‘More from less’ is the new mantra in science circles. Will someone tell the European Parliament?
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.
Changing consumption patterns, not production systems, offers the best way to reduce the contribution of farming to climate change
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 [...]
For some, farm subsidies are the answer to every problem
Decoupling means EU has plenty of headroom if a WTO agreement to cap trade-distorting farm subsidies is reached
On 13 January, Dacian Ciolos gave testimony to the UK Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on CAP reform.
An obscure consultation document reveals what the Commission really thinks about the future of the CAP
The likely size of the EU budget in the next financial perspective period (the length of which still remains to be decided, whether 2013-2000 or 2013-2024) became a little clearer last month with the publication of a letter to the President of the European Commission signed by five Member States including France, Germany and the [...]
The EU Commission’s report on indirect land use change related to biofuels and bioliquids released just before Christmas has made the continuation of the EU’s renewable energy in transport targets extremely problematic. Indeed, it is hard to see how this policy can survive in the New Year without some extremely clever footwork by the Commission. [...]
The Commission has just forwarded the first of two required reports on the milk market situation and the prospects for a smooth phasing-out of the milk quota system. The next one is due at the end of 2012. The report concludes that a “soft landing” is on track in an overwhelming majority of Member States. [...]
The US Congressional Research Service has just updated its review of the US-EU beef hormone dispute, one of the longest-running trade disputes under GATT/WTO dating back to the 1980s. The briefing sets out the milestones in the dispute, discusses the basis for the differing positions of the EU and the US on the scientific evidence [...]
The Commission’s November 2010 communication on the future of the CAP post-2013 envisaged that Pillar 1 direct payments might, in future, consist of three elements: a basic income support payment; a green payment; and a natural handicap payment. Another theme of the communication is that greater flexibility should be given to Member States in how [...]