October 2008

CAP Reform Profile - Denmark

LONE KRISTENSEN AND ERLING ANDERSEN, UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN, 31 OCT 2008

In short, it is the policy of the Danish Government that agricultural support under Pillar 1 should be abolished by 2025.

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Limassol Conference on Rural Development Lacking in Policy Direction

IEEP, 31 OCT 2008

The Cyprus conference was the third in the series of major EU rural development conferences organised by DG Agriculture but less significant in policy terms than its forerunners.

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Launch of the European Network for Rural Development

IEEP, 31 OCT 2008

The 'European Network for Rural Development' was launched by the European Commission at the Conference on Rural Development, held in Cyprus on 16-17 October 2008.

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CAP Reform Profile - Germany

MELANIE KRöGER AND SIMONE SCHILLER, IFLS, 29 OCT 2008

Germany’s official position is focused on the maintenance of direct payments at current levels until 2013 at the very least. At present, the German government will not accept a decrease in direct payments or an increase in the rate of modulation in order to increase funding for Pillar 2 measures. Germany argued against the Health Check proposal to increase milk quotas and would prefer a milk fund to be introduced and funded through Pillar 1. The view of environmental bodies and NGOs differs significantly to the more conservative outlook of the government and the main farmers union, the DBV.

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CAP Reform Profile - Sweden

EWA RABINOWICZ AND CECILIA HAMMARLUND, SLI, 16 OCT 2008

The Swedish position on the reform of the CAP, especially on the more fundamental long term changes, is very radical, emphasising deregulation, phasing out single farm payments and rewarding the provision of public goods. The reasons for this position, both in terms of the Health Check and longer term reform, are set out below.

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