Does national spending on agriculture follow a different path to the CAP? - by Alan Matthews NEW
The relative stability in CAP spending in the 2014-2020 MFF compared to the 2007-2013 MFF suggests that different political economy factors play out in negotiating the EU budget for agriculture than at the national level.
Family farming and the role of policy in the EU - by Alan Matthews NEW
Much lip-service is paid to safeguarding the future of the family farm in Europe, but what exactly is a family farm and why does it need help?
The G-33 public stock-holding proposal for Bali - by Alan Matthews NEW
The intellectual case for the G-33 public stock-holding proposal for the Bali mini-package is weak and the proposal itself has the potential to lead to damaging trade distortions, not least for other developing countries.
CAP budget share rises as budget deadlock finally resolved - by Alan Matthews NEW
The EU budget will transfer an even larger share of its total resources to EU farmers next year than it does currently as a result of the 2014 budget deal reached this week.
Comparing support levels across countries - by Alan Matthews NEW
George Lyon MEP claims Scottish Government argument that Scottish farmers are hard done by under the CAP is not credible.
Life after Bali for the WTO Doha Round - by Alan Matthews NEW
New working paper examines the stalled Doha Round negotiations in agriculture and examines the options facing the multilateral trading system.
The distribution of CAP payments by member state - by Alan Matthews NEW
Scotland Government tables on CAP payments by member state show differences are reducing, but remain substantial.
Budget impasse creates uncertainty over December farm payments - by Alan Matthews NEW
Budget battles between the Council and Parliament : what they might mean for farm payments in December...
Did we really need the Milk Package? - by Alan Matthews NEW
Does the gradual increase in producers’ and processor’s share of the final milk price in recent years mean the Milk Package was redundant?
Comment on “Habemus consilium rusticarum” by Dismay at yet another capitulation to the Council : Agricultural and Rural Convention NEW
[...] top up. (For Alan Matthews’ detailed review of this Trilogue and CAP reform in general see here) Reactions from the EU institutions such as the European Parliament tried to reflect harmony. They [...]...
Distributing farm payments in Ireland - by Alan Matthews NEW
Submission outlining my views on convergence, flexibility and coupling in the implementation of the Direct Payments regulation in Ireland...
OECD Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2013 - by Alan Matthews NEW
Latest OECD agricultural policy monitoring report shows 9% increase in measured support to EU farmers in 2012, due to widening gap between producer and world market prices.
EU budget negotiations and farmers’ 2013 single farm payment - by Alan Matthews NEW
Uncertainty will continue over the value of 2013 SFP payment entitlements until the end of this year.
The Doha Round Bali ‘mini-package’ in agriculture - by Alan Matthews NEW
A summary of the agricultural issues being discussed as part of the Bali mini-package in the Doha Development Round.
Prospects for a Doha Round mini-package at Bali this year - by Alan Matthews NEW
Another failure at Bali would surely bring the stuttering Doha Round to an end, even if no WTO member wants to be the first to pronounce it dead. But what should take its place?
Intervention arrangements in the new CAP - by Alan Matthews NEW
The importance of public intervention in the CAP has steadily diminished and the recent CAP reform political agreement does not change this.
CAP reform implementation consultations begin - by Alan Matthews NEW
Irish and Welsh governments have started consultation processes on how to use the flexibility given to member states in the CAP reform political agreementin June.