The Future of the CAP

You are encouraged to submit short, thoughtful, policy-relevant articles for publication on the website. Here, we introduce the 'Future of the CAP' theme, and raise a number of questions you might wish to consider when developing content to add to the website.

More about the future of the cap

If we could foresee a CAP that is really in tune with the times...

FRANCO SOTTE, 12 NOV 2012

A new paper by Franco Sotte aiming to stimulate an in depth discussion and stronger initiative of the scientific community for a better CAP for a better Europe in the upcoming future.

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EFNCP Response to the Commission Services Concept Paper on Greening

12 JUN 2012

A brief response from the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism to the Commission Services concept paper on greening, focussing particularly on the proposals for revising the permanent grassland definition.

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Greening the CAP - securing the benefits at the least cost to farm competitiveness

PETER FANE, 08 MAY 2012

Have your say contribution from principal consultant on agriculture and rural development at Eurinco on the reform proposals to 'green' the CAP.

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Proposed Greening of the CAP: only small gains

HENK WESTHOEK, 22 FEB 2012

PBL has published a brief analysis of the European Commission’s proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy called 'Greening the CAP: An analysis of the effects of the European Commission’s proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy 2014–2020'.

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CAP Reform Rules will Destroy Future Permanent Pasture

TOBY EVERETT, 12 DEC 2011

Farmer with fields sown to grass in last 5 years, due to become permanent pasture now, so concerned about CAP reform rules on permanent pasture.

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Greening the CAP: impacts on farmland biodiversity on an EU scale

HENK VAN ZEIJTS, 19 AUG 2011

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research centre, released a report which shows regional impacts of greening the CAP in line with ‘Option 2’ of the EC proposal of November 2011. A new tool for calculation of species richness in farming areas has been used, showing substantial biodiversity gains; however with large variations between regions. This suggests more regional differentiation is needed, also for greening of Pillar 1.

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For an Ambitious Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: New Declaration by Agricultural Economists

VALENTIN ZAHRNT , 25 OCT 2010

In late 2009, leading agricultural economists from all over Europe issued a declaration on ‘A Common Agricultural Policy for European Public Goods’. They proposed the abolition of market intervention and blanket income support to farmers, and outlined a more efficient, greener CAP. Since then, DG Agriculture, the European Parliament and many member states have adopted positions that closely stick to the status quo. Now a new declaration ‘For an Ambitious Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy’ has been published.

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European Coordination Via Campesina Welcomes the Acknowledgement of Territories and Employment in the Commission's Communication

EUROPEAN COORDINATION VIA CAMPESINA , 14 OCT 2010

In the semi-official document from DG Agri which is currently circulating, there are certain elements which could be read as signs of hope for European farmers, and in particular for small farms, which have been forgotten by European policy in the past.

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Commission Leaked Document Sketches a Greener CAP, but much Greater Ambition Needed if the CAP is to Survive the Gathering Budget Storm

BIRDLIFE , 14 OCT 2010

The leaked copy of the Common Agriculture Policy reform proposal proposes a few steps in the direction of a greener and more effective CAP but fails to provide a solid foundation that would allow the CAP to survive the ever growing budgetary pressures.

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European and Belgian Civil Society Organizations ask the European Union to Reshape the CAP

EUROPEAN AND BELGIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS, 04 OCT 2010

The undersigned European and Belgian organizations, that signed the European Food declaration published last March, jointly requested the EU Ministers for agriculture and Commissioner Ciolos who met in La Hulpe to definitively address the challenges and demands placed on consumers and farmers at the European and Global level.

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A Greening of European Agricultural Policy is Needed

THE GERMAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE ENVIRONMENT, 04 MAY 2010

The German Advisory Council on the Environment calls for a fundamental re-orientation of European agricultural policy in its statement on CAP-reform.

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Put Practitioners at the Heart of Adapting EU Agriculture & Forestry to Climate Change Says Lords EU Committee

HOUSE OF LORDS, 31 MAR 2010

The UK's House of Lords EU Committee yesterday published its report on adapting agriculture and forestry to climate change. The Committee’s inquiry has focused on the European Commission White Paper, Adapting to Climate Change: Towards a European framework for action from April 2009.

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Landowners and Conservationists Join Forces in Vision for the CAP

JENNA HEGARTY , 27 JAN 2010

The CLA and RSPB today (Wednesday, 27 January) launch their joint vision for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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Pressures on Prime Agricultural Land in Europe

SIMONE VERZANDVOORT, 08 JAN 2010

Is there a need to protect prime agricultural land in Europe? A new note published by Alterra discusses the pressures currently facing agricultural land in Europe.

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Estimating the Benefits to the EU of Eliminating the CAP

PIERRE BOULANGER AND PATRICK JOMINI, 01 DEC 2009

This recent publication attempts to estimate the benefits to the EU of eliminating the CAP using recent data in a general equilibrium framework.

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