About IEEP

The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is a leading centre for the analysis and development of environmental and related policies in Europe. An independent, not for profit organisation, the Institute has offices in London and Brussels. IEEP brings a non-partisan analytical perspective to policy questions and engages in both pressing short-term questions and long-term strategic studies. We are a registered charity.

The Agriculture and Rural Development Programme

The Agriculture and Rural Development Team at IEEP critically engages in debates about the future of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. In seeking to improve the sustainability of policy design, we draw on evidence collected through evaluation and other research studies. Alongside CAP2020, our strategic activities include the facilitation of debates among high level actors and the drafting of think-pieces linked to CAP reform and the future of the EU Budget.

The Team has specific thematic expertise in the environmental impacts of CAP regimes, cross compliance, modulation, High Nature Value farming systems and a detailed understanding of rural development measures. The team also engages in capacity building activities in the new Member States and Candidate Countries. We also collaborate closely with a network of associates in universities, other specialist institutes and consultancy organisations across the continent. We regularly undertake work for the European Commission (DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Environment and DG Research) as well as national government departments and civil society organisations.

More information on our Agriculture and Rural Development Work Programme can be found on the IEEP website.

Across the Institute

IEEP focus primarily on EU environmental and sustainable development policies, and relevant aspects of other policies such as transport, rural and regional development and fisheries. We are also actively engaged in the development of policy at a national level in Europe. The Institute seeks both to raise awareness of the policies that shape the European environment and to advance policy-making along sustainable paths. We undertake research and analysis and provide consultancy and information services, working both independently and on commissioned projects.

Our interdisciplinary team of staff includes lawyers, natural and social scientists and economists with a wealth of policy expertise and experience working in a range of European countries. The research and project work undertaken by IEEP is carried out by three broad internal teams: the Environmental Governance team, the Pollution and Climate team, and the Rural and Marine Affairs team.