February 2009

The CAP and the Budget Review - Visions for the Future

ARIEL BRUNNER, 26 FEB 2009

On December 11th 2008, a conference organised by CSO (BirdLife International’s Czech partner) and ProBio (the Czech organic farmers' association) addressed two questions: Where should the CAP move after 2013? And, how will it be affected by the revision of the EU budget?

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Against the Green Box Illusion

VALENTIN ZAHRNT , 23 FEB 2009

Three fallacies are commonly encountered when talking about EU agricultural policies and the WTO’s Green Box for domestic support. It is argued that these fallacies are dangerous as they give a green light to supposedly Green Box compliant subsidies, legitimising their continuation with an international stamp of approval.

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Biofuels Fudge Leaves Everything up in the Air

ARIEL BRUNNER, 18 FEB 2009

The EU Renewable Energy Directive, adopted in December 2008, represents a key element of Europe’s response to climate change, setting a much-needed target for 20% of our energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. However, the negotiations on the Directive also saw a bitter fight over biofuels, a battle that has ended up with a fudge, and more questions than answers.

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Better Targeting of Subsidies to Provide Legitimacy for the CAP

SAMUEL FéRET, 17 FEB 2009

The 'CAP 2013 group', which brings together French NGOs and agricultural organisations to debate the future of the CAP, has submitted its priorities for the implementation of the Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy to the French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Michel Barnier.

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Does the Nordic Aid Scheme Remain Relevant in Light of CAP Reform?

IRINA HERZON, 16 FEB 2009

Given the recent changes to the CAP instilled by the Health Check, I explore here whether the Nordic Aid Scheme can continue to be justified as a form of agricultural support.

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