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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Emerging agricultural policy frameworks in the UK


While the CAP reform debate is in full swing, the UK countries have been consulting on the structure and content of their future agricultural policies as part of the transition away from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.

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The status quo is not an option: the CAP’s environmental performance needs to improve


30 actions to transform the Commission’s proposals into a genuine transition tool.

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A healthy environment is fundamental to achieving vibrant rural areas


Just a few days before EU Agriculture Ministers meet for the informal Council in Vienna and on the basis of the preparatory questions sent by the presidency to the delegations, the authors of this blog post identify the key elements for securing vibrant rural areas in the future CAP.

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


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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