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 [...]
The start of a new CAP reform discussion opens up possibilities for thorough reflection regarding the policy frame of this ever-contentious European policy. Should its conceptual framework be rebuilt from scratch?
Will there be a CAP mid-term review in 2017? And, if so, what should it do?
The CAP crop diversification greening requirement is a scandalous waste of resources.
What issues should be addressed by a future CAP?
One of the success stories in the evolution of CAP reform has been the change from supporting the product to supporting the producer by moving, first, from market price support to coupled payments, and then by decoupling these payments. The 2013 CAP reform has reversed this process. Coupled aids have started to grow again, from [...]
How did the parallel negotiations on the size and composition of the MFF influence the outcome of the 2013 CAP reform?
What can we expect in 2015 from the CAP simplification agenda?
Hogan strongly confirmed by EP COMAGRI following his hearing yesterday.
There appears to be little appetite for further CAP reform in the near future.
Birdlife perspective on the final outcome of 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.
The outstanding elements in the CAP political agreement are finally agreed.
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.
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.
Presidency issues paper defines the outstanding issues and possible compromises for a political agreement in the CAP reform trilogue process.
At this stage, none of the parties are contemplating the options if there is no agreement following the June Agricultural Council next week.
Two presentations at a conference of Italian agricultural economists in Parma last week summarise the state of CAP reform negotiations
Time is running out to conclude this CAP reform under the Irish Presidency, but a June agreement remains a possibility.
Links to a short bibliography on CAP greening
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 [...]
Series of papers on the CAP reform process provide excellent overview of key issues
The Irish Presidency faces an uphill battle to reach agreement on CAP reform during its six-months tenure.
A recent conference organised in the European Parliament brought agroforestry to the heart of the discussion on the CAP reform.
The Danish Presidency has made some progress in narrowing the differences in Council on the CAP negotiating texts.
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.
The opportunity should be taken to remove export subsidies from the Single Common Market Organisation regulation in the review of the CAP post-2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
An obscure consultation document reveals what the Commission really thinks about the future of the CAP
It is traditional that the Commission leaks a near-final version of its communications on CAP reform. Here’s this year’s.
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.
‘Public money for public goods’ has become a powerful slogan in the battle for the future of the CAP. But what does it mean?
Two pillars are not enough for a sustainable future for the CAP, say leading agricultural economists.
The second in a series of in-depth conversations with leading figures in the debate on the future of the CAP.
Farm ministers from the new member states of central and eastern Europe meet to mount a defence of a large agricultural budget after 2013.
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 [...]