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Learning the lessons from CAP greening

KALEY HART, DAVID BALDOCK, ALLAN BUCKWELL, 20 APR 2016

What is the most cost-effective way to encourage basic environmental management across the farmed countryside in the EU-28? Learning from experience to date in greening Pillar 1 of the CAP, this report considers a range of options to increase the environmental added value from greening.

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Scoping the environmental implications of Pillar 1 reform 2014-2020

KALEY HART, 15 MAR 2016

The Land Use Policy Group (LUPG) of the UK conservation agencies have published a report, written by IEEP, setting out the way in which a range of Member States have chosen to implement certain aspects of Pillar 1, including key elements of greening and the treatment of ineligible features and minimum activity requirements for farmers. It highlights the potential environmental implications of some of these choices and suggests a number of ways in which the environmental performance of greening could be improved.

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CAP greening: what are its environmental prospects?

KALEY HART, 21 JAN 2016

A significant injection of money was agreed for ‘green’ farming practices under the recent CAP reform. This report examines the environmental impact these measures are likely to have on the ground and concludes that Member States’ implementation choices appear to have much diminished the chances of the greening measures delivering significant additional environmental benefits.

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Keep chewing this bone: a trickle of ideas on a future CAP

ALLAN BUCKWELL, 10 JUN 2015

For European farmers, the principal activities prompted by the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the first half of 2015 have centered of course on the task of understanding their government’s decisions on the detailed arrangements for the implementation of direct payments and getting their application forms completed to secure and activate their payment entitlements. The 2013 reform of direct payments offered a great deal of flexibility for Member States to adjust the implementation details to suit their own national circumstances. These covered issues ranging from the minimum size of claim, the definition of “active farmer”, the nature and extent of first hectare payments, or payment limits, the use of the provisions for coupled payments, the small farmer scheme, top-ups for farms in areas of natural constraints, and the provisions for new entrants. Last but not least, the details of the three greening actions (maintenance of permanent grass, crop diversification and the 5% ecological focus areas), where governments have a wide range of choices. There are now available compilations of the decisions made by the Member States on these matters. However, it will take many more months to discover the uptake on the ground of all these provisions put in place by governments and even longer to detect any impacts on agricultural production and on the environment.

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Member State choices on Pillar 1 implementation revealed

Details of Member State decisions on aspects of Pillar 1 implementation are now available on the website of DG Agriculture and Rural... Read in full