The Future of the CAP

CAP reform is concluded with political agreement for MFF related issues

IEEP, 18 OCT 2013

The final political agreement on the CAP reform package hinged on finding common ground on three outstanding MFF related issues; the issue of degressivity, transfers between funds and higher EU cofinancing for rural development in certain areas. The outcome; EU institutions agreed to a mandatory five per cent reduction for payments exceeding €150,000, with an exemption for those Member States using more than five per cent of their national ceiling for the redistributive payment on the first hectares of land; no changes will be made to the provisions for transfers between funds to those agreed by Heads of State in February; and higher EU cofinancing rates for rural development in certain parts of the EU will be permitted.

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Co-financing remerges as crucial issue in last round of CAP negotiations

IEEP, 10 SEP 2013

Negotiations on the reform of the CAP are entering their last stage. The European Parliament is challenging the Council deal concluded in June which settled the MFF (EU spending 2014-2020) but, controversially, included commitments on aspects of the CAP as well. The EP is challenging the legitimacy of this incursion into the CAP, potentially giving rise to a further round of negotiations with the Council which may or may not be prepared to concede changes to the June deal.

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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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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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