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Support a Sustainable Future for Europe’s Pastoral Landscapes

EFNCP, 02 APR 2012

The European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP) have issued a document presenting the fears and proposals of 80 farming and environmental organisations concerning the current CAP rules for permanent pastures, and those being considered for 2014-2020 period. It sets out clear and simple proposals for changing these rules for the benefit of farmers and the environment.

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Delivering Environmental Benefits through Ecological Focus Areas

09 MAR 2012

On Tuesday 6 March stakeholders involved in the CAP reform debate, researchers, representatives from the Commission, European Parliament, Member States, NGOs and farmer organisations, came together to engage in a constructive debate on how to get the most for the environment out of the Ecological Focus Area (EFA) measure under the CAP proposals for the greening of direct payments. The event, held in Brussels, was hosted by Scottish Natural Heritage on behalf of the UK statutory conservation, countryside and environment agencies and organised by IEEP.

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CAP Reform Towards 2020: Franco-Spanish Talks

21 FEB 2012

Compared to the two years of active debates and discussions which preceded the publication of the legislative proposals for CAP reform post 2014, we seem now to be in a quieter period of reflection. This is partly caused by the suggestion that the real negotiations cannot progress in detail until there is greater clarity about the budget the CAP has to work with. In turn this is dependent on political decision on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework, and no one expects progress on that until well after the French Presidential elections (second round on 6 May) and maybe not settled until spring 2013.

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France and Germany Unite Forces in the CAP Reform Discussions

15 FEB 2012

French and German Agriculture Ministers, Bruno Le Maire and Ilse Aigner, met on 6 February at the 14th Franco-German Council of Ministers to discuss the Commission’s proposals for the future CAP. The outcome is a two-page declaration highlighting those areas of the policy reform on which they hold a common view.

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The Debate at UK Level on Innovation in EU Agriculture Continues

15 FEB 2012

The UK government published their response on 2 February 2012 to the findings published by the UK House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into innovation in EU agriculture last July.

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CAP@50 – ‘A Partnership between Europe and Farmers’

31 JAN 2012

At an inter-institutional event on 23 January 2012 in Brussels, the Commission marked the beginning of a year long communication campaign, CAP@50, to celebrate 50 years of CAP in EU agriculture. The CAP@50 campaign aims to bring together all actors in EU agriculture, with past and current stakeholders invited to participate in this ‘partnership between Europe and farmers’. At the inauguration event, Agriculture Commissioner, Dacian Cioloş, noted in particular how the CAP has evolved since 1962 to accommodate new concerns as they have emerged, such as climate change and the sustainable use of natural resources.

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The Danish EU Presidency Priorities for the CAP Reform

IEEP, 11 JAN 2012

The Danish Presidency of the EU began on 1 January 2012 outlining four principal themes for the forthcoming six months: 'A responsible Europe; a dynamic Europe; a green Europe; and a safe Europe’. In terms of the CAP reform discussions, the Danish EU Presidency and the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Mette Gjerskov, have stressed the need for both a green and market-oriented CAP.

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The role of the CAP in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2020

IEEP, 11 JAN 2012

At the Environment Council on 19 December 2011, the EU Environment Ministers decided to omit certain details concerning the third target which outlines the role of European agriculture in meeting the EU 2020 biodiversity targets. This came following strong opposition from several Member States led by the German Environment Minister, Norbert Rӧttgen, who claimed that this drafted text was too closely linked to talks on the future CAP and might falsely pre-empt the ongoing negotiations.

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Reactions to the Leaked CAP Proposals

15 DEC 2011

The leaked CAP proposals have sparked initial reactions by a number of policy stakeholders.

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

ANNE MARéCHAL, 20 SEP 2016

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, 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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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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