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Malta CAP Conference Highlights Future Challenges for Agricultural Policy

SAMUELA BASSI, IEEP, 28 NOV 2008

A conference on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and its impact in Malta took place in Victoria – Gozo on 7-9 November 2008. It highlighted some of the challenges facing Maltese agriculture.

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Modest CAP Reform Package Agreed

IEEP, 20 NOV 2008

A package of mainly modest reforms to the CAP based on the Commission's Health Check proposals reached political agreement today (November 20).

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European Commission Conference on Reforming the Budget – CAP Proves the Most Controversial Topic

CAMILLA ADELLE, IEEP, 14 NOV 2008

On 12 November the Commission held a stakeholder conference in Brussels on the EU Budget Review. This marks the close of the consultation exercise which began in September 2007. While the EU budget was once the preserve of a few suited negotiators and economists, the number, quality and diversity of consultation responses show that the subject is now a hot topic all around Europe.

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Making the Case for Modulation

IEEP, 13 NOV 2008

In the first issue of the IEEP Policy Briefing, we reflect on the fate of the proposals on modulation - one of the most contested issues in the CAP Health Check negotiations.

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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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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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