Should we limit methane emissions as part of air quality policy? NEW
Methane ceilings should be retained in the revised National Emissions Ceiling Directive, but the actual levels should be reviewed and flexibilities introduced.
Food Wise 2025 agri-food strategy launched in Ireland NEW
Environmental assessment of new Irish agri-food expansion strategy side-steps the vital questions.
Including LULUCF in the EU’s 2030 climate policy target NEW
EU consultation on how to include agriculture, forestry and other land uses in its climate policy framework after 2020 closes today.
Levelling the playing field for land-based enterprises in Ireland NEW
Forestry needs a level playing field with livestock.
Removal of vineyard planting rights will require another French Revolution NEW
Historical parallels show the immense difficulties in eliminating vine planting rights.
Two steps forward, one step back: coupled payments in the CAP NEW
One of the success stories in the evolution of CAP reform has been the change from supporting the product to supporting the producer by moving, first, from market price support to coupled payments, and then by decoupling these payments. The 2013 CAP...
Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2015 – Remarks on EU agricultural trade policy NEW
The EU is a largely self-sufficient economy when it comes to food and agriculture, so trade liberalisation will have limited impacts.
Commitments to rural development spending 76% below forecast in 2014 NEW
The publication by the Commission of its second Draft Amending Budget (DAB No.2) to the EU’s 2015 budget this week reveals in stark figures the extent of the hiatus in CAP rural development spending caused by the delays in passing the relevant...
Agricultural implications of British EU withdrawal for rest of the EU NEW
A UK withdrawal from the EU would raise trade costs for EU farm and food exporters and importers to and from the UK, depending on the trade arrangements in place after withdrawal.
Impact of the MFF negotiations on the CAP 2013 reform NEW
How did the parallel negotiations on the size and composition of the MFF influence the outcome of the 2013 CAP reform?