The Future of the CAP

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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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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Where are we now and where next?

ANNE MARéCHAL; ALLAN BUCKWELL, 15 DEC 2016

Key messages from the DG AGRI Outlook conference 2016.

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Are Ecological Focus Areas delivering for biodiversity?

EVELYN UNDERWOOD, 08 DEC 2016

Ecological Focus Areas are intended to safeguard and improve biodiversity on arable farms in the EU. What evidence is there that they are actually delivering biodiversity on farmland?

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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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Scoping the environmental implications of Pillar 1 reform 2014-2020

KALEY HART, 15 MAR 2016

The Land Use Policy Group (LUPG) of the UK conservation agencies have published a report, written by IEEP, setting out the way in which a range of Member States have chosen to implement certain aspects of Pillar 1, including key elements of greening and the treatment of ineligible features and minimum activity requirements for farmers. It highlights the potential environmental implications of some of these choices and suggests a number of ways in which the environmental performance of greening could be improved.

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CAP greening: what are its environmental prospects?

KALEY HART, 21 JAN 2016

A significant injection of money was agreed for ‘green’ farming practices under the recent CAP reform. This report examines the environmental impact these measures are likely to have on the ground and concludes that Member States’ implementation choices appear to have much diminished the chances of the greening measures delivering significant additional environmental benefits.

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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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