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Scoping the environmental implications of Pillar 1 reform 2014-2020

KALEY HART, 15 MAR 2016

The Land Use Policy Group (LUPG) of the UK conservation agencies have published a report, written by IEEP, setting out the way in which a range of Member States have chosen to implement certain aspects of Pillar 1, including key elements of greening and the treatment of ineligible features and minimum activity requirements for farmers. It highlights the potential environmental implications of some of these choices and suggests a number of ways in which the environmental performance of greening could be improved.

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CAP greening: what are its environmental prospects?

KALEY HART, 21 JAN 2016

A significant injection of money was agreed for ‘green’ farming practices under the recent CAP reform. This report examines the environmental impact these measures are likely to have on the ground and concludes that Member States’ implementation choices appear to have much diminished the chances of the greening measures delivering significant additional environmental benefits.

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Member State choices on Pillar 1 implementation revealed

KALEY HART, 13 FEB 2015

Details of Member State decisions on aspects of Pillar 1 implementation are now available on the website of DG Agriculture and Rural Development. The information provided is a summary of the notifications provided by Member States to the Commission and represents the state of play as at 23 January 2015. It covers the basic payment (or Single Area Payment); the greening measures; the redistributive payment; support in areas with natural constraints; and coupled support. In addition the decisions made by Member States on transferring funding between Pillars are outlined.

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Food Security – a motivating force for useful policy change?

ALLAN BUCKWELL, 01 DEC 2014

Some reflections on how the post 2007/8 commodity price spikes raised food security up the political agenda and some of the consequential impacts.

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Some thoughts on the CAP post 2020

ALLAN BUCKWELL AND DAVID BALDOCK, 10 NOV 2014

Conversations about the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have started in different parts of Europe as a new Commissioner takes up his post and the implications of the final version of the 2013 reform become more apparent. This short paper draws on some exploratory dialogues in which IEEP’s agriculture team has been involved over the last few months. It combines the thoughts of others with some of our own reflections, both on what to expect and what might be most welcome in any future CAP; if there will be another CAP, some might speculate. We suspect there will be.

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Hogan approved by European Parliament as new Agriculture Commissioner

HENRIETTA MENADUE, 20 OCT 2014

The European Parliament hearing for the Agriculture Commissioner-designate, Phil Hogan, took place on 2 October. Sticking mainly to the parameters set out for him in Juncker’s mission letter, Hogan focussed on the role of agriculture and its potential to contribute to growth, jobs and food security. Of relevance to the environmental agenda, Hogan showed an understanding of many the sustainability issues affecting agriculture in relation to resource management (such as protecting water and soils) and adapting to and mitigating climate change. Unfortunately, the potential of agriculture to deliver benefits for biodiversity was overlooked during the three hour hearing.

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Sustainable Intensification of European Agriculture

ALLAN BUCKWELL, 28 JUL 2014

Sustainable Intensification of existing agricultural land to avoid further degradation of natural forest, grassland and wild areas is a logical and generally accepted concept. This article looks at a recently published report which examines in some detail what sustainable intensification should mean in the context of the already intensive agriculture of the European Union which has been associated with environmental damage. The conclusion is that the emphasis must be on sustainability, but that this concept is not well served by the lack of evidence on what are truly unsustainable practices, the multiplicity of approaches to sustainability indicators, and the lack of farm-level measures and benchmarks.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook for 2014-2023

HENRIETTA MENADUE, 25 JUL 2014

The annual OECD and FAO agricultural Outlook for the forthcoming decade, 2014 – 2023 was launched on 11 July. The Outlook projects a slower growth rate for consumption of agricultural products compared to the past decade. At an EU level, consumption growth will likely fall below the previous decade’s growth rate. Global agricultural production growth is projected to increase, particularly for livestock and dairy production, this implies greater demand and subsequent production of feed grains and oilseeds. This projected production growth is expected to occur mostly in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe (both EU and non-EU countries) and parts of Asia. Production growth in Western Europe is expected to increase very slightly. The increased crop production is expected to result predominantly from yield increases and domestic policies are also expected to have a growing influence on production levels. The projected consumption and productions trends are expected to result in slowly declining prices in real terms.

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Member State implementation of the CAP for 2015-2020 – a first round-up of what is being discussed

HENRIETTA MENADUE AND KALEY HART, 16 APR 2014

The CAP 2014-2020 legislative package was announced on 17 December 2013. The Commission adopted the delegated acts on 11 March 2014. The Council and European Parliament have a two month period from that date (until 11 May) in which they can reject them, but if there are no objections they will be adopted. The implementing regulations are expected to be adopted soon after. However, with implementation of the new direct payment arrangements coming into force on 1 January 2015, Member States have already started to consider their decisions on the many options for implementing the new Pillar 1 architecture. This article provides a broad overview of the state of play in Member States

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Why would this be the time to overturn the strategy for CAP reform?

DAVID BALDOCK, ALLAN BUCKWELL, 16 MAY 2018

Those of us with long memories of CAP reforms know that there can be many dramas, dead ends and diversions along the way. Nonetheless, there has been a discernible direction of travel for two decades or more.

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Caring for the planet starts from the ground

CATHERINE BOWYER, 05 DEC 2017

If caring for the planet starts from the ground, then caring for the planet starts with farmers and foresters and all others who manage and use Europe’s soils.

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Out of the box thinking on the CAP

ALLAN BUCKWELL, 16 JAN 2017

RISE Foundation project outlines new thinking on the further modernisation of the CAP

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Rural Development back on the agenda at Cork

DAVID BALDOCK, 13 SEP 2016

David Baldock sets out his view on the Cork 2 conference which he and others at IEEP attended and about what this might mean for the future of rural development policy.

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