March 2009

From CAP to Competitiveness – Eleven Voices on Why we Should Rather Invest in R&D and “Innovation for the Future”

CHARLOTTE NYBERG, 30 MAR 2009

A new report by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise presents a summary of a series of interviews conducted with prominent European business managers and leaders. Many of the managers interviewed were clear in their opinion that CAP is costly, damaging and wasteful.

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Farm Foundation's 30 Year Challenge Competition

MARY THOMPSON , 30 MAR 2009

A competition for innovative and promising public policy options to address challenges facing agriculture and the food system has been organised by Farm Foundation, a nonprofit organisation based in the United States.

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Spanish Ministry and DG Agriculture to Speak at Launch of Spanish NGO Vision for the CAP Beyond 2013

DAVID HOWELL, SEO, 16 MAR 2009

On 30 March in the Spanish Ministry for Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs in Madrid, WWF Spain and SEO/BirdLife (Birdlife International´s partner in Spain) will launch their shared vision for the CAP beyond 2013.

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How is Rural Development Tackling the Biodiversity Challenge?

LUIGI BOCCACCIO, RSPB, 12 MAR 2009

The RSPB and the BirdLife EU Secretariat are conducting an evaluation of the 2007-2013 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) across the European Union, to assess their potential for biodiversity. It appears that only a few crumbs of rural development funds are likely to deliver for nature conservation.

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Practical Contributions to Solving the Long Term Challenges Faced by European Agriculture

GROUPE D’ECONOMIE MONDIALE, 12 MAR 2009

Climate change, energy, water, food security and food safety, structural adjustments, multifunctionality, risk management, agribusiness and competition policy are the core long term challenges that European agriculture is facing. A conference held in Paris in January 2009 aimed to debate these issues and provide a handful of key solutions to be considered by decision-makers.

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Carbon Emissions and the CAP

HELENA WRIGHT, 05 MAR 2009

We need a complete and comprehensive scientific overview of the Common Agricultural Policy in terms of carbon emissions. In this article, I explore why.

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Green Week, Green CAP? Details of the French Plan to Move From an Unfair Distribution of Subsidies

SAMUEL FéRET , 02 MAR 2009

The international agricultural fair held last week in Paris was the theatre for the last negotiations on the implementation of the Health Check in France. France is moving from the unfair distribution of EU subsidies towards a new, perhaps fairer, deal. But this new deal does not amount to a revolution before the decisive 2013 stage.

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