July 2009

Dairy - the most pressing ‘new challenge’? The situation in Finland

IRINA HERZON, 15 JUL 2009

As Member States prepare to submit revised Rural Development Programmes to take account of the Health Check 'new challenges', Finland is developing a grazing measure as part of its strategy to support the dairy sector.

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Organic Perspectives on CAP Reform

LUTZ RIBBE, 10 JUL 2009

A new paper on reform of the CAP from the the perspective of the organic movement has been published. The report questions the legitimacy of current Pillar 1 expenditure and suggests that a 'European agrarian model' is needed which draws on the principles of organic agriculture.

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Implications of the LFA Review for Finland

IRINA HERZON, 01 JUL 2009

The Commission's recent Communication on 'intermediate' Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) is intended to increase targeting of payments. This article assesses the implications of the review for Finland, and makes the case for introducing eligibility criteria intended to exclude more intensive farming systems from the aid.

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