Will Europe’s soil carbon stores be better protected by the revised GAEC framework?

IEEP, 17 DEC 2012

One of the key elements of the current CAP reform, aimed at protecting existing carbon stocks, so far appears to have been failing to gain support within the European Parliament, for reasons which are unclear.

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EU budget mired: Council to re-convene in the New Year

26 NOV 2012

The special European Council on the MFF ended in deadlock on 23 November with Council negotiations expected to re-convene in the New Year.

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Rural development budget in peril

15 NOV 2012

The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has issued a new negotiating text for the forthcoming MFF in preparation for the forthcoming Council meeting. He proposes further cuts of €75 billion to the Commission proposals, exceeding those recently tabled by the Cypriot Presidency (€50 billion). The implications for rural development are serious.

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MFF negotiations risk reducing funding for rural land management

01 NOV 2012

The negotiations on the EU’s budget for the next seven years – called the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) – are now fully underway. The Cypriot Presidency has just published their attempt to bridge the gap between the Commission’s proposals for a small increase and those that are calling for reductions, most notably the UK. These negotiations and the debates on the reform of the CAP strongly interact because agriculture takes a major share of the EU budget. How this is resolved will have major implications for the environmental performance of EU agriculture.

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Agroforestry: Trees for a Sustainable European Agriculture

17 OCT 2012

Recent European Parliament conference entitled “Agroforestry: Trees for a Sustainable European Agriculture” (10 October) brought together an audience of about 80 and several speakers representing scientists, farmers and policy researchers to discuss the potential benefits that agroforestry can deliver.

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Principles of Double Funding - implications for the CAP debate


This IEEP briefing paper written on behalf of the UK Land Use Policy Group (LUPG) explores the issue of double funding in relation to the CAP proposals and ongoing negotiations and considers the implications of any weakening of these rules.

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Designing RDPs fit for the environment

28 SEP 2012

Commissioned by the RSPB, new IEEP report highlights potential opportunities for Member States to deliver more for the environment according to the proposed changes to rural development regulation. The report sets out a series of principles and environmental priorities to help guide Member States in designing their future rural development programmes.

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European Parliament report on Sustainable Competitiveness and Innovation

09 AUG 2012

A recently published report on how to improve the sustainable competitiveness and innovation of the EU agricultural sector was commissioned by the European Parliament Research Department in May 2012. Its purposes were threefold. First, to explain the extent to which the instruments of the current CAP contribute towards improving the sustainable competitiveness of the CAP and stimulate innovation. Second, to evaluate the extent to which the proposed reforms of the CAP currently under debate can further support and improve achievement of these goals. Third, to make recommendations for further changes.

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Taking stock with civil society: a perspective from the CAP Stakeholder Conference

03 AUG 2012

On the initiative of the Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, and at a mid point in the negotiations on the reform of the CAP, the European Commission hosted a stakeholder conference on 13 July in Brussels, entitled ‘The CAP towards 2020 – taking stock with civil society’. The conference was intended to bring together the expertise and views of civil society to feed into the ongoing CAP reform process as well as an opportunity for the Commission to re-state the rationale behind their reform proposals.

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Principles for a future CAP for the EU-27 outlined at the agricultural ministers meeting in Chambord


As governments from all EU Member States but the UK gathered on Friday 16 September in Bratislava to discuss the future of the European Union, a similar agriculture-focused gathering was held in Chambord, France, on 2 September 2016.

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Rural Development back on the agenda at Cork


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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Member State choices on Pillar 1 implementation revealed


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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