Why further reform of the CAP is needed now
The high dependence of Irish family farm income on public support must give pause for thought.
EU farms remain hugely dependent on public transfers and direct payments
US farm income drop since 2013 much more severe than in EU
Average EU farm incomes have been remarkably resilient to recent market shocks despite severe falls in some member states and sectors
The methodology proposed by the Commission to evaluate the Common Agricultural Policy Pillar 1 is not well-designed to yield sensible results.
Agricultural incomes have continuously risen in the last decade in the vast majority of EU member states, questioning the need for infinite income support.
Eurostat has just published its first estimates for real agricultural income per worker in 2009. For the EU27, the figure is down 12.2% on the 2008 figure, but with considerable variation across countries, from -35.6% in Hungary to +14.3% in the UK. While differences in commodity price trends and variations in commodity composition across countries [...]