On 1 January 2011, 41% of EU-27 population lived in urban regions, 35% in intermediate regions and only 23% in rural regions, as suggested by the latest release of Eurostat. What is more, the population of urban regions grew by 5.2 per 1000 inhabitants, that of intermediate regions by 2.2‰, while rural regions decreased by [...]
The latest EU notification of domestic support to the WTO contains no surprises, and documents the continuing downward trend in amber box support in the EU total.
The opportunity should be taken to remove export subsidies from the Single Common Market Organisation regulation in the review of the CAP post-2013.
New study of agri-environment schemes shows that it is worth going for more individualised, complex schemes in spite of the much higher administrative costs implied by this approach.
It seems that the definition of an active farmer is harder than one might expect at first sight.
A new alliance, led by France, seems to have arisen to save the status quo in the CAP post-2013.
The idea of the “green menu system”, proposed by the Groupe de Bruges in their recently published critical analysis of the Commission’s proposals is well worth considering.