What is CAP2020?

The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not standing still. Changes were agreed in November 2008 as part of the CAP Health Check, and the policy will remain firmly in the spotlight as discussions turn to the next CAP Reform and a new European budget. This is a debate of more than agricultural interest. It affects the environment, climate change, food quality and food supplies, trade and developing countries, as well as rural communities.

With this perspective in mind, CAP2020 provides a platform to share thoughtful commentary and analysis on the future development of European agriculture and rural development policy. It provides a forum to exchange knowledge and ideas, promote research and express opinion on the key issues shaping the reform agenda, such as food security, public goods and climate change. It also advances understanding by acting as a hub of useful information. CAP2020 provides an outlet for Vision statements, think-pieces and research, and insightful summaries of the outcomes of relevant workshops, seminars and conferences. A Policy Diary helps the CAP2020 userbase stay informed of policy developments and related events. The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) - a leading centre of expertise on the CAP - also author a monthly Policy Briefing. This provides authoritative analysis on recent developments and frames topical issues in the context of the future of the CAP.

Your contributions are sought on the decisive, and often divisive, issues shaping the reform agenda across the EU Member States. The intended users are policy makers and officials from across the Member States, officials at the European Commission and the European Parliament, staff of civil society organisations, university academics and students, researchers, journalists and the wider interested public.

CAP2020 is edited and administered by the Agriculture and Rural Development Team at IEEP. It was launched in November 2008 with the support of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).