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Birdlife : CAP reform is dead

Birdlife perspective on the final outcome of the Ciolos CAP reform

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The Ciolos CAP reform

The Agricultural Council yesterday concluded the legislative process on the 2013 CAP reform. This post discusses the factors shaping the Ciolos reform.

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“Habemus consilium rusticarum”

The outstanding elements in the CAP political agreement are finally agreed.

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CAP reform implementation consultations begin

EU member state governments have started consultation processes on how to use the flexibility given to member states in the CAP reform political agreementin June.

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A triumph for the Irish Presidency – a damp squib for CAP reform

A flurry of activity in the past two days under the Irish Presidency opens the path to approval of the new CAP regulations in September.

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The June Agricultural Council issues paper

Presidency issues paper defines the outstanding issues and possible compromises for a political agreement in the CAP reform trilogue process.

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The June Agricultural Council

At this stage, none of the parties are contemplating the options if there is no agreement following the June Agricultural Council next week.

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Where stand the CAP reform negotiations?

Two presentations at a conference of Italian agricultural economists in Parma last week summarise the state of CAP reform negotiations

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A race against time

Time is running out to conclude this CAP reform under the Irish Presidency, but a June agreement remains a possibility.

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A short bibliography on CAP greening

Links to a short bibliography on CAP greening

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The significance of Rule 70 for CAP reform negotiations

To understand the possible timing of the CAP reform negotiations it is crucial to understand the new decision-making process under the Lisbon Treaty involving both the Parliament and the Council. In a recent post, I set out my understanding of the process, based on the assumption shared by most commentators (for example, see this Brussels [...]

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Forum on CAP reform

Series of papers on the CAP reform process provide excellent overview of key issues

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Welcome to the Irish Presidency

The Irish Presidency faces an uphill battle to reach agreement on CAP reform during its six-months tenure.

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What potential agroforestry holds for the future CAP?

A recent conference organised in the European Parliament brought agroforestry to the heart of the discussion on the CAP reform.

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Danish Presidency CAP reform progress report

The Danish Presidency has made some progress in narrowing the differences in Council on the CAP negotiating texts.

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Are the CAP 2013 proposals a major reform?

A new Notre Europe study sees some merits in the Commission’s CAP 2013 proposals while arguing that it falls short of a major reform, but the proposals are defended as an initial step which can be further corrected and amended in future reforms.

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End the use of export subsidies in the 2013 CAP review

The opportunity should be taken to remove export subsidies from the Single Common Market Organisation regulation in the review of the CAP post-2013.

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Agricultural Council discusses the single CMO

The first Agricultural Council under the Danish Presidency chaired by Danish Agriculture Minister Mette Gjerskov discussed the Commission’s proposed single CMO regulation last Monday. Divisions were evident over sugar quotas, but a positive sign was the number of ministers who expressly opposed the continued use of export subsidies.

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The CAP at Fifty

Today, the European Commission has launched the fiftieth anniversary of the Common Agricultural Policy. The Commission’s campaign wants to emphasise the CAP as a cornerstone of European integration, as a policy that has provided European citizens with half a century of food security and a living countryside. No one wants to spoil a good party, but of course the overall balance sheet of the CAP remains controversial, to say the least.

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More on the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-A)

Some further information on the Commission’s plans for the EIPA-A is now in the public domain, but we are still waiting for a Communication to spell out how exactly it will contribute to strengthening innovation in the agri-food sector.

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Commission projects unchanged sugar market following quota elimination

The Commission’s expectations for the EU sugar market following the end of sugar quotas in 2015 are contained in its market outlook to 2020 publication published last month. The elimination of quotas is expected to have a negligible impact on the EU sugar market.

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The challenge of moving to the regional model

Moving to the regional model of basic income support poses considerable challenges for member states which currently use the historical model. An Irish proposal seeks to create a linkage between the mechanism used for converging payments across member states and flattening payments within member states, but will it fly?

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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.

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Updated analysis of Commission legislative proposals

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Commission’s home truths on the CAP

An obscure consultation document reveals what the Commission really thinks about the future of the CAP

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The Commission communication leak in full

It is traditional that the Commission leaks a near-final version of its communications on CAP reform. Here’s this year’s.

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Franco-German position on future of the CAP

In the past, when France and Germany have worked together, they have been able to dictate the future of the CAP. A new policy position seeks to preserve this tradition.

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Public goods in the spotlight

‘Public money for public goods’ has become a powerful slogan in the battle for the future of the CAP. But what does it mean?

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A three pillar CAP?

Two pillars are not enough for a sustainable future for the CAP, say leading agricultural economists.

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CAP Reform Conversations: Ariel Brunner, BirdLife International

The second in a series of in-depth conversations with leading figures in the debate on the future of the CAP.

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NMS farm ministers flex their muscles

Farm ministers from the new member states of central and eastern Europe meet to mount a defence of a large agricultural budget after 2013.

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Barroso CAP Vision: Motherhood & apple pie

Just as it’s hard to love Commission President José Manuel Barroso, it’s hard to loathe him. Maybe that’s why he’s the ultimate compromise candidate and has just secured a second five year term of office. President Barroso has just published political guidelines for the next Commission, setting out his stall for a ’2020 vision’ of [...]

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