European Agricultural Policy 2020: The Dutch Outlook

This paper was published by the Dutch government to coincide with the discussions on the CAP post-2013 that took place at the informal council of EU farm ministers held in Annecy, France, between 21 and 23 September.

The Dutch government suggests that the current two Pillar structure of the CAP should be phased out and replaced by a single European agricultural fund co-financed by national and regional governments. According to the Dutch vision, this fund will be used to improve competitiveness by supporting innovation, increasing productivity, and where necessary, to encourage the expansion of private risk management. It will also be used to pay for the maintenance of agricultural activities where this is desirable in order to support ‘socially desirable values’, such as nature, environment, landscape and animal welfare.

The paper is based on a report written by The Social and Economic Council in the Netherlands, available here.

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22 Dec 2008


Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Netherlands