New Event: Budget Transparency in the European Union - 7 May, Brussels
Farmsubsidy.org has been pushing for the release of data on the sums of money received by individuals and businesses across Europe under the CAP for a number of years, with some success. This has been made available through an online database - a notable tool that seeks to pull together EU-wide data in a consistent and easily accessible form.
In 2008, the European Commission adopted legislation to require each Member State to set up a website with a search tool to identify the total amounts received by beneficiaries of CAP payments made as direct payments through Pillar 1 or via rural development measures under Pillar 2. The data for the previous financial year must be published by 30 April each year. April 30 2009 is the deadline by which data on direct payments and other Pillar 1 subsidies must be made available. The release of such data helps to inform the broader debate on CAP reform by improving the transparency of a complex system. Knowing the uses to which this money is put to though is critical to deciding whether such payments are necessary, in the public interest and provide benefits that would not otherwise be realised.
This event - organised by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Farmsubsidy.org - aims to 'mark the victory of the campaign for transparency in the Common Agricultural Policy and the launch of a new farmsubsidy.org online database of farm subsidy payments.' It will take place at the Résidence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, Brussels on 7 May, 1430 - 1545.
It will feature opening remarks from Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas and short contributions from Jack Thurston (GMF Transatlantic Fellow and co-founder of farmsubsidy.org), Nils Mulvad (former European Journalist of the Year), Brigitte Alfter (wobbing.eu), Jana Mittermaier (Transparency International - Brussels), Sara Hagermann (EU Vote Watch) and Markus Knigge (Pew Environment Group) followed by questions and discussion.
The session forms the concluding part of the first European Open Data Summit, which runs from 5-7 May 2009.
Space is limited. If you are interested in attending please contact Alwyn Spencer on aspencer[at]gmfus.org or call 032 (0)2 238 52 70.
20 Apr 2009