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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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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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Using the CAP Rural Development Programme to Improve Animal Welfare

DAVID BOWLES, RSPCA, 14 JAN 2009

This article examines the role of CAP measures in improving farm animal welfare. It draws on research conducted in Scotland.

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WWF-France European Conference on Sustainable Agriculture: A Place for Discussion About the Future of the CAP

AMANDINE DESETABLES, WWF FRANCE, 22 DEC 2008

On October 14th 2008, WWF-France and FNCIVAM (a network of French sustainable farmers) staged a conference on sustainable agriculture in Europe. While the Health Check of the CAP was laying the foundation of its future reform, the conference aimed to raise the issue of sustainable agriculture in Europe and in the world, and to consider environmental issues in the 2013 CAP reform.

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The Potential of Land-linked Quotas

XAVIER POUX, 17 DEC 2008

At a time when dairy quotas are being phased out, the intellectual space opened by CAP 2020 allows us to think about the CAP in a ‘politically incorrect’ way. Against the dominant stream of thinking, we propose that quotas offer a potentially useful and powerful tool to deal with most of the challenges faced by the CAP.

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Enhancing the Rural Development Value of Agri-Environmental Measures

PILLE KOORBERG AND MARK REDMAN, 09 DEC 2008

The Agricultural Research Centre and the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture, in cooperation with three Finnish partners, organised an international conference entitled ‘Using Evaluation to Enhance the Rural Development Value of Agri-environmental Measures’ in Pärnu, Estonia, in June 2008. The aim of the conference was to bring together a range of stakeholders with an active interest in making more efficient and effective use of evaluation within the rural development policy-making cycle, notably regarding the evaluation of agri-environment measures.

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EU Farmers’ Pyrrhic Victory: Why Winning the Health Check Battle May Mean Losing the Budget Reform War

VALENTIN ZAHRNT, 02 DEC 2008

Use the energy of your opponent to your own advantage. That is the beginners’ lesson in martial arts. But farm interests dug in their heels in the recent negotiations over reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and resisted pressures for change as hard as they could.

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A Rational Approach to Minimising the Future Cost of European Agricultural Policy

BRIAN GARDNER, CONSULTANT AND WRITER ON AGRICULTURE POLICY , 28 NOV 2008

Two major flaws in European Agriculture policy are that the agricultural budget is too big and that it is skewed in the wrong directions.

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Environment and climate issues should remain high on the agenda for the CAP post 2020

The results of the Commission’s recent public consultation on the future of the CAP have reinforced the message that the CAP must... Read in full