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German Perspectives on Current CAP Reform

RUTA LANDGREBE, TIMO KAPHENGST, AND SUSANNE FRIEDRICH, 30 JUN 2009

A new report by Ecologic outlines the positions and relative influence of the main German policy actors and stakeholders in the CAP reform debate, as well as discussing the government's likely position in future discussions.

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Study on Winners and Losers from CAP Reform

VALENTIN ZAHRNT, 18 JUN 2009

In a new working paper, Valentin Zahrnt considers criteria which could be used to distribute CAP payments targeted at the provision of public goods. The paper then examines who the winners and losers might be at Member State level under different post-2013 scenarios.

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Is EU Rural Development Policy Failing to Reach its Biodiversity Potential?

BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL, 07 MAY 2009

BirdLife International and the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), have launched a new study which reviews the potential effects on biodiversity of the 2007-2013 Rural Development Programmes across the European Union. The study underlines the need for fundamental agriculture policy reform for the post 2013 period.

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Businesses as Allies for CAP reform

VALENTIN ZAHRNT, ECIPE, 07 MAY 2009

The environmentalists are spearheading the movement for CAP reform. But who else could be able and willing to throw in significant political weight?

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Commission Releases LFA Communication

GWYN JONES AND GUY BEAUFOY, 27 APR 2009

Gwyn Jones of the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP) analyses the state of play with the Commission's work on redefining the criteria used to target the 'Intermediate Less Favoured Area (LFA)' measure at the European level.

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Managing Supply, Managing Demand

VICKI HIRD, 20 APR 2009

Vicki Hird argues that the CAP is not a modern, environmentally and socially just, and efficient form of policy. She argues that a new agricultural policy is needed and presents a case for this to be built on a revised form of supply management, demand management and targeted support.

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Is CAP Ideology Shared at the National Level? The Case of Finland

IRINA HERZON, 16 APR 2009

An objective of the CAP is to ensure that farming can continue in all regions of the EU. This is used as a major justification for providing subsidies to EU farmers. In this article, I examine whether this objective is shared by some of those in Finland.

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Feeding The World: Are New Global Agricultural Policies Needed?

ROBIN HART, 14 APR 2009

On November 24-26, 2008, the German Marshall Fund co-sponsored a conference with Wilton Park entitled ’Feeding The World: Are New Global Agricultural Policies Needed?’ The conference report has just been published.

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Decoupled Support - for Good and for Bad?

IRINA HERZON, 14 APR 2009

The decoupling of subsidies from production levels – a key feature of the reformed CAP – falls under constant criticism in Finland.

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Should Environmentalists Adopt a Principled Position on CAP Reform or Compromise?

VALENTIN ZAHRNT, 02 APR 2009

In this article, Valentin Zahrnt argues that environmentalists should take an uncompromising, principled position and resist the urge to find common ground with moderate vested interests in order to achieve fundamental reform of the CAP.

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Securing our Common Future through Environmentally Sustainable Land Management

LAND USE POLICY GROUP, 02 APR 2009

On Monday 30th March , the GB government advisors on the countryside and environment joined forces under the banner of the Land Use Policy Group (LUPG) to launch their Vision for the Future of the CAP post 2013.

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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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