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Political Agreement on the CAP – is this really a paradigm shift for the environment?

IEEP, 03 JUL 2013

Achieving a political agreement on the CAP reform last week was undeniably a huge achievement given both the controversial nature of some of the proposals and that this was the first full reform involving co-decision with the European Parliament as well as 27 Member States. However, recognition of this achievement does not detract from the fact that this is a deeply disappointing reform for the environment.

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Environment undermined in CAP deal

IEEP, 28 JUN 2013

IEEP press release on the revised Common Agricultural Policy.

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The last lap on greening: the death knell for EFAs?

IEEP, 18 JUN 2013

The ‘Ecological Focus Areas’ (EFAs), were the boldest and potentially most effective of the three measures for greening Pillar One of the CAP when proposed by the Commission in October 2011. In the recent negotiations involving the Council and European Parliament however they have been at the forefront of what has become a ‘race to the bottom’ with their content being whittled away from several directions. Yet another such dilution has been proposed at this very late stage, with the new CAP within a week of agreement on the present timetable.

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CAP Reform Coverage on the BBC Newsnight

21 MAY 2013

As the debate on the CAP reform battles on between institutions and Member States, BBC journalist, Roger Harrabin has produced a short report which featured on BBC Newsnight. The footage aims to outline to the public the key issues in the CAP reform debate and communicate them in layman’s terms.

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A greener CAP: still within reach?

DAVID BALDOCK AND KALEY HART, 26 APR 2013

The long debate over greening in this year’s CAP reform is moving towards a climax. This short paper provides an overview of the state of play on the greening in Pillar 1, Pillar 2 and cross-compliance. It reflects on the architecture of the CAP as well as the implications of the different ways in which green elements have been watered down in negotiations, suggestions are made about how the outstanding issues should be resolved if greenwash is to be avoided and a credible CAP put in place.

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Extensive graziers in Spain: the latest victims of farmland reclassification

25 APR 2013

A recent news article posted by the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism provides an update on the on-going battle for traditional graziers against Member State reclassification of farmland.

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Greening the CAP: how ‘equivalent’ are alternative approaches?

16 APR 2013

A contentious issue in the negotiations on the future of the CAP is how to implement the proposed new green direct payments to farmers. However, proposals to increase flexibility for Member States will not necessarily be administratively any simpler and may risk weakening environmental outcomes.

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General Approach on CAP agreed by Ministers: Trialogue discussions now underway

09 APR 2013

After lengthy deliberations, on 19 March, the Agriculture Council agreed its negotiating mandate on the CAP reform package of legislative texts. This agreement, which significantly watered down green elements, provides the Council with their mandate to enter into trialogue discussions with the European Parliament and the Commission.

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Sealing the deal on a greener CAP?

03 APR 2013

The European Environmental Bureau is organising a timely conference entitled 'Sealing the Deal on a Greener CAP?' on Wednesday 10 April to exchange views on the latest developments in the Parliament and Council.

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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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Climate mitigation in agriculture is necessary, achievable and can benefit the sector in the process

ANNE MARéCHAL, BEN ALLEN, KALEY HART, 21 AUG 2017

The agriculture sector has great potential to reduce its GHG emissions in a cost-effective way, with limited or no production impacts, as well as gain efficiency and deliver environmental benefits in the process. However, to play and enhanced role in delivering the EU’s climate objectives requires commitment from both Member States and the agricultural sector.

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