Proposed Greening of the CAP: only small gains
PBL has published a brief analysis of the European Commission’s proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy called 'Greening the CAP: An analysis of the effects of the European Commission’s proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy 2014–2020'.
The impact of the proposed greening measures of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on the sustainable development of agriculture appears to be relatively small. Member States must assign 30 percent of their Pillar I budget to these measures, a total annual amount of 13 billion euros. Greening measures could be made more effective by tailoring the proposed ecological focus areas to local conditions and by promoting the formation of a green infrastructure.
Furthermore, the attribution of 5 percent to 10 percent of the total CAP budget to stimulating more sustainable animal husbandry systems may solve persistent issues in the intensive livestock production regarding environmental quality, and animal health and welfare. These are the main conclusions of the report by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, ´Greening the CAP: An analysis of the effects of the European Commission’s proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy 2014–2020´.
22 Feb 2012
Henk Westhoek (1959) is since 2001 the program manager for Agriculture and Food of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). He is also co-chair of the TFRN Expert Panel on Nitrogen and Food.