Proposal to ban open olive oil bottles in restaurants is an excessive reaction to problems of olive oil adulteration
Recent blog posts written by Alan Matthews
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
The Parliament’s refusal to begin the planned MFF trilogues with the Council makes it difficult to envisage a political agreement under the Irish Presidency.
The Council and Parliament will struggle to reconcile their differences over how much flexibility to allow to member states and farmers in deciding eligibliity for the green payment in Pillar 1.
Uncertainty over new direct payment regulations is affect the market for single payment entitlements.
New study finds evidence that moving to decoupled farm subsidies under the CAP has had a small but measurable impact on farm productivity.
Find out how your MEPs voted on the CAP reform regulations
Compare the evolution of amendments to the CAP direct payments regulation over the course of the legislative process.
For those member states that introduce it, the redistributive payment can introduce a much more significant degree of progressivity into CAP payments than what we have seen heretofore.
How will member states mainstream the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability into their forthcoming rural development programmes?
This is a shortened version of a post which was first written for the Institute for International and European Affairs EnvironmentNexus blog From the perspective of the agricultural environment, there are three elements in the European Council conclusions on the EU’s Multi-annual Financial Framework on 7-8 February which should be noted. The first element is [...]
Even if the European Council agree on a new 7-year EU budget this week, approval by the Parliament is not a foregone conclusion.
Use this MFF ready reckoner to evaluate the proposal put by van Rompuy to European Council leaders later this week.
COMAGRI voted against including a mechanism to monitor the impact of the CAP on developing countries, this should be included in the Parliament’s negotiating mandate when the plenary votes in March.
As regards the direct payments regulation, both legislative institutions are converging on a similar set of proposals and no issue sticks out which might cause real difficulties when the trilogue negotiations begin.
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.
Discussion on Cyprus Presidency CAP reform progress report at Agricultural Council this week will highlight divisions on internal convergence and greening in the direct payments regulation.
There has been much interest in the provenance of the figures on the allocation of rural development funding between member states which I discussed in this post earlier this week. In the post I said that these were figures circulated by Herman van Rompuy during the special European Council meeting to discuss the MFF on [...]
Proposed definition of active farmers restores link between production and payments.
What new member states gain through convergence of Pillar 1 payments they could lose in Pillar 2 allocations under the latest Van Rompuy proposals.
Watching the videostream of the Agricultural Council’s greening debate held earlier this week was a rather depressing experience. There is something profoundly wrong with a decision-making system where food and agricultural policy is determined solely by agricultural ministers who speak on behalf of their farmers only, with only the Commission present to even vaguely represent [...]
European Council leaders fail to agree Van Rompuy’s second MFF proposal which reinstated a large share of the CAP Pillar 1 reductions previously suggested.
Further cuts in agricultural budget proposed in Van Rompuy’s MFF proposal for the European Council.
David Barnes is the Scottish Government’s Deputy Director for Agriculture and Rural Development. He sits with his Minister around the Council of Agricultural Ministers’ table as the negotiations on the shape of the CAP2020 take place and, more interestingly, he blogs about it. His blog gives an insider’s view and a personal perspective on what [...]
New European Parliament timetable for CAP reform decisions puts 2014 implementation in doubt.
Agricultural spending escapes lightly in new revision of the MFF negotiating box which shows where budget reductions in the 2014-2020 would fall.
Agricultural Ministers continued to grind through their discussions on CAP2020 issues under the Cypriot Presidency at the Agricultural Council meeting on 22 and 23 October earlier this week.
Absence of figures in the MFF negotiating box as the endgame approaches suggests governments not yet ready for the necessary compromises.
OECD figures show a continued slight fall in EU transfers to farmers as measured by the Producer Support Estimate indicator.
New paper provides useful summary of the CAP greening debate to date.
Cyprus Presidency recognises for first time that Commission’s proposed CAP budget is unrealistic.
Links to the COMAGRI amendments to the Commission’s draft regulations on CAP post 2013.
Data visualisation software from Google helps to see trends in agricultural data.
Three recent presentations summarise the state of the CAP reform debate at this point.
Draft COMAGRI report calls to maintain CAP spending in real terms in the 2014-2020 MFF period..
Only limited progress has been made in narrowing the divergences of view on the EU’s medium-term financial framework. Time is running out and the stakes are high.
The CAP is partially justified because of its contribution to ‘viable rural communities’ but the relationship between agriculture and non-agricultural development is as likely to be competitive as complementary.
Does the ‘experience economy’ in which consumers pay premium prices for products and services that provide additional intangible ‘experiences’ constitute a viable growth path for European agriculture?
What are we to make of the findings in the latest Eurobarometer survey of EU public opinion on Europeans’ attitudes to their own food security?
The EU’s attempts to protect livestock farmers during the 2007-08 price spike helped to destablise world grain prices for poor country consumers.
The design of co-financing rates will influence total public spending on Pillar 2 measures in the next programming period.
Links to a recent paper and report I have written on CAP greening
Attempts to water down the mandatory spending limits on agri-environment-climate measures should be resisted.
Michel Dantin’s draft COMAGRI report on the single Common Market Organisation regulation would allow producer organisations greater powers to manage supply particularly in crisis situations.
The Danish Presidency has made some progress in narrowing the differences in Council on the CAP negotiating texts.
The Capoulas Santos draft rapporteur’s report accepts the broad lines of the Commission’s proposal – greater coordination with other structural funds, abolition of the axes, more encouragement for innovation, inclusion of support for risk management – and concentrates on fine tuning some of its specific elements.
COMAGRI draft rapporteur’s report on direct payments addresses some of the concerns of Member States, but the overall environmental ambition likely to be delivered by this reform remains unclear.