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CAP Reform

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Briefing on CAP developments NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 15 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Here is a video briefing by agricultural journalists on latest developments in the CAP as the Irish presidency starts: Briefing Not sure if all the foot traffic in the background is meant to provide authenticity, but it could be distracting.
Farmers could not survive without subsdies NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 15 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Almost three quarters of farmers say they could not survive without subsidies, according to a Farmers Weekly poll: Subsidies How does one wean farmers off their subsidy dependence so that they become more like any other business that relies on retur...
Sverige släpper EU:s jordbruksbudget NEW
Europabloggen 1 Year, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Fredrik Reinfeldt flyttar fokus inför budgetförhandlingarna – från krav på minskat jordbruksstöd till lägre utgifter för nettobetalande EU-länder.
Nicosia gets the thumbs down from all sides NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
It isn't easy being a small state and holding the presidency of the EU, especially when you have to make proposals about the future of the CAP. Cyprus has ended up being attacked from all sides for its suggestions for a way forward on the CAP budget...
EU vil skære klimaindsats fra NEW
Folkebevægelsens Fælles Blog 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
NYT FRA EU-FRONTEN: Udspillet til EU-budget for 2014-2020 har droppet klimabeskyttelse i landbrugsstøtte - Nyheder / Klima, Søren Søndergaard, Nyt fra EU-fronten, Budget...
It's not all Balls NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
The ploy by Ed Balls and Douglas Alexander to call for Dave Cameron to secure real cuts in the EU budget is a way of setting an elephant trap for the prime minister. They know if they were in office they would have great difficulty in securing such...
October Agricultural Council continues CAP debate - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Reform 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Agricultural Ministers continued to grind through their discussions on CAP2020 issues under the Cypriot Presidency at the Agricultural Council meeting on 22 and 23 October earlier this week.
France asks for more time for the convergence of agricultural subsidies NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The European Commission seeks to end aid per hectare based on the level of production from the 1990s. The European Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Cioloș, has also called for the convergence of regional and national subsidies until 2020, in ord...
Agreement on the CAP Reform possible before end of the year NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
With the focus on reaching a partial general approach on the CAP Reform before the end of the year, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council continued the discussions on the reform proposals. On the first day of the AGRI-FISH Council in Luxembourg (22 O...
79 millions d'€...de lait NEW
Euros du Village 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 59 Minutes ago
La Commission européenne demande à six États membres – l'Allemagne, l'Autriche, Chypre, l'Irlande, les Pays-Bas et le Luxembourg - de payer un « superprélèvement » d'environ 79 millions € en raison d'un dépassement de leurs quotas laitier...
Oil seed rape loses its glow NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 56 Minutes ago
Fewer oil seed rape fields may be seen in Britain following adjustments to EU policy. It's quite a complex story, but there are two big lessons to be learnt from it. First, individual planting decisions on farms are directly affected by the EU poli...
Quota year 2011/12: Six Member States have exceeded their milk quota NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Six Member States - Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Cyprus and Luxembourg - exceeded their milk quotas in 2011/2012, triggering "superlevy" penalties of about € 79 million, according to Commission figures published on 18 October 2012. D...
Are UKIP wrong about the CAP? NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Stuart Agnew MEP, the UKIP agricultural spokesman, has said the EU 'has become far too big to have a CAP.' There are certainly those who think that the EU is too geographically diverse to have a 'one size fits all' policy, although in practice it is...
EU Farm Policy Reform – the Current State of Play NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
More than a year after the Commission unveiled its proposals for new legislation, and following passionate debates, public hearings and expert workshops, Parliament's agriculture committee is preparing to vote on four core regulations that should pav...
Dancing towards convergence NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
EU Farm Commissioner Dacion Ciolos is said to be resigned to the fact that the current proposal for internal convergence of direct aid payments will need to be watered down in order for a compromise to be reached, reports Agra Europe.'It is no longer...
Nominalement équivalent NEW
Euros du Village 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Minutes ago
Réunis à Berlin le 9 octobre, les ministres allemand, Ilse Aigner, et français, Stéphane Le Foll, de l'agriculture ont déclaré qu'ils « soutenaient la proposition de la Commission de maintenir le budget agricole au niveau nominal de l'année 2...
France and Germany do their deal NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Long-term observers of the CAP know that any agreement between France and Germany can often shape the direction of the reform process. Even with many more member states, this still remains true. Earlier this week the two countries issued a joint st...
While public attention is focused on the eurozone crisis, EU Member States and the European Parliament are locked in a struggle over reforming the Common Agricultural Policy. NEW
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Several attempts have been made to reform the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in recent years. Christilla Roederer-Rynning writes that while previous CAP negotiations have proven controversial, the latest attempt has largely been overshadowed...
Old divisions rear their head NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Days, 15 Minutes ago
Those who like to emphasise the way in which 'discourse' or ideas can shape policy have been able to trace significant changes in the debate about the Common Agricultural Policy, but this has not been reflected in real reform. Indeed, older discours...
How close is the EU to agreement on spending one trillion euro? - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Reform 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Absence of figures in the MFF negotiating box as the endgame approaches suggests governments not yet ready for the necessary compromises.
Aides agricoles de l'Union européenne : la Commission propose d'augmenter la transparence sur les subventions NEW
Regards citoyens 1 Year, 11 Months, 1 Week, 9 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
La Commission a adopté aujourd'hui une proposition visant à imposer de nouvelles règles relatives à la publication d'informations sur les bénéficiaires des fonds agricoles européens. Cette révision de la législation intervient après un...
The structure of the wine market and the issue of quality NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 11 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
I have been reading an interesting paper about 'Quality Classifications in Competition: Price Formation in the German Wine Market' by Jorg Rossel and Jens Beckert from the Max Planck Institute in Cologne.One conclusion that can be drawn from the pape...
{News-Scanner} EU-Agrarsubventionen töten Menschen NEW
Title of theH.eimat✔ P.olitik✔ M.enschen✔ blog ... 1 Year, 11 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Die EU pumpt Milliarden in die Landwirtschaft, vor allem in Großbetriebe.Dagegen demonstriert die Initiative "The Good Food March" in Brüssel. Ein Umdenken könnte auch Kleinbauern in Afrika das Leben retten, sagt Jean Ziegler, der ehemalige UN-Ber...
Medidas de urgencia para el sector lácteo NEW
Antonio Masip 1 Year, 11 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
(Pregunta escrita. Autores: Iratxe García, Antolín Sánchez, Sergio Gutiérrez, Ricardo Cortés, Eider Gardiazábal, María Muñiz y Antonio Masip)La entrada en vigor de la totalidad de las medidas, adoptadas en el paquete lácteo, no se hará efec...
Landbouwsteun mag niet ten koste gaan van gezondheid of milieu NEW
GroenLinks Europa 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Het is belangrijk om een gelijk speelveld te creëren waarin boeren duurzame ondernemers kunnen zijn. Boeren moeten een eerlijke prijs krijgen voor hun producten en dat mag niet ten koste gaan van het milieu. Dat is de inzet van GroenLinks-Europarlem...
The EC claims back €215 million of EU agricultural policy funds NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 1 Year, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
According to recent updates, the European Commission is claiming back around €215 million of EU agricultural policy funds which have been unduly spent by EU member states under the clearance of accounts procedure.
EU-Agrarpolitik: Lachen mit der GAP? NEW
Der Blogger von Arte 1 Year, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Seit einigen Monaten spaltet eine Streitfrage unsere Redaktion: Kann man über so ein trockenes Thema wie die GAP, die Gemeinsame Agrarpolitik der EU, lachen? In einem Akt der Rebellion gegen unseren Chefredakteur, der das Gegenteil behauptet, habe i...
Peut-on rire avec la PAC ? NEW
Le Blogueur (arte) 1 Year, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
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Cypriot presidency contemplates CAP budget cuts NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 1 Year, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
The informal meeting of farm ministers in Nicosia from 9 to 11 September which marks the effective start of the Cypriot presidency after the August holiday break is going to focus on water scarcity, land abandonment and soil erosion. These are impor...
Further thoughts on CAP greening - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Reform 1 Year, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
New paper provides useful summary of the CAP greening debate to date.
Cyprus Presidency proposes CAP budget cut in next MFF - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Reform 2 Years, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Cyprus Presidency recognises for first time that Commission's proposed CAP budget is unrealistic.
Cyprus Presidency proposes CAP budget cut in next MFF - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Cyprus Presidency recognises for first time that Commission's proposed CAP budget is unrealistic.
COMAGRI CAP2020 amendments published - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 54 Minutes ago
Links to the COMAGRI amendments to the Commission's draft regulations on CAP post 2013.
Réforme de la PAC : le Parlement a besoin de votre avis ! NEW
Regards citoyens 2 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Participez à la réforme de la PAC ! Donnez votre avis sur l'avenir de l'agriculture européenne et prenez part à la définition de la position du Parlement européen en répondant en une dizaine de minutes à un questionnaire en...
Perspectives on the CAP2020 debate - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Three recent presentations summarise the state of the CAP reform debate at this point.
Financiers spring to defence of ETPs NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
The controversy over exchange traded products (ETPs) and their effect on food prices continues with some financial providers say they will not withdraw them. In a report issued this April, Finance Watch, a Brussels-based public interest advocacy gro...
Innovation in ländlichen Regionen fördern NEW
Andreas Schieder 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Wie man innovative wirtschaftliche Projekte und Betriebe im ländlichen Raum bessere Unterstützen kann, das war Thema vieler Diskussionen, die ich heute während eines Besuchs in Salzburg geführt habe. Gezielte Förderungen für den ländlichen Rau...
Banks withdraw food commodity funds NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 13 Hours ago
There has been considerable discussion about whether speculation drives food commodity prices up, although no definitive answer. My hunch would be that it tends to make them more volatile which creates difficulties for both producers and consumers.N...
Hungarian Melon Campaign Is a Lemon NEW
New Europe - WSJ 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
A Hungarian official is drawing criticism after he advocated resorting to cartel-type methods as a means of protecting domestic watermelon farmers from competition.
Rechnungshof kritisiert EU-Förderungen für den ländlichen Raum NEW
Andreas Schieder 2 Years, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Der Rechnungshof hat einen kritischen Bericht zum Bereich der EU-Förderungen für den ländlichen Raum vorgelegt, der bei mir – und auch bei vielen anderen – für großes Aufsehen und einigen Unmut gesorgt. „Die nationale Kofinanzierung des Bu...
COMAGRI Chair calls for maintenance of CAP budget in real terms - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 3 Weeks, 23 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Draft COMAGRI report calls to maintain CAP spending in real terms in the 2014-2020 MFF period..
How much progress has been made on agreeing the 2014-2020 MFF? - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours ago
Only limited progress has been made in narrowing the divergences of view on the EU’s medium-term financial framework. Time is running out and the stakes are high.
Is selling ‘experiences’ a potential growth path for European agriculture? - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Reform 2 Years, 1 Month, 23 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Does the ‘experience economy’ in which consumers pay premium prices for products and services that provide additional intangible ‘experiences’ constitute a viable growth path for European agriculture?
Sisma Emilia e Pac NEW
Debora Serracchiani 2 Years, 1 Month, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Il comitato di gestione dei pagamenti diretti dell’Unione europea approva l’anticipo del 50% dei pagamenti agli agricoltori delle zone terremotate di Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia e Veneto. Una misura che permette all’Italia di anticipa...
Old interests in the New Member States - by Attila Jambor NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 1 Month, 5 Days, 6 Minutes ago
It seems that the New Member States want to further water down the original proposals of the Commission.
Discussions on Rural development and Single CMO regulations NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 49 Minutes ago
During the course of the last meeting of the Council on Agriculture, ministers held two orientation debates in the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform. The discussions focused on the proposal for a regulation on support for ru...
Not so sweet NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
In article in this week’s Agra Europe, European Commission spokesperson Roger Waite has denied that sugar refiners in the EU market are being treated unfairly and claims that persistently high world market prices are to blame for supply difficultie...
Mr. Ciolos disagrees that EU rules for sugar market are unfair NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 19 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
According to the latest statements by Dacian Ciolos, the EU Agriculture Commissioner, EU rules for the sugar market do not favour beet producers over refiners of raw cane sugar. Some members of the European Parliament from Finland, Portugal, Italy...
Eurobarometer food security survey - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
What are we to make of the findings in the latest Eurobarometer survey of EU public opinion on Europeans’ attitudes to their own food security?
The Council adopts CAP transitional measures NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
According to a press release by the Council, a set of amendments to Regulation 73/2009 concerning the application of direct payments to farmers in the year 2013 has been adopted following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament.
The European Parliament report on the measurement of farm support - by J Christophe Bureau NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
A variety of estimates of the level of farm support circulate. Many of them rely on creative accounting. For example, during the recent farm bill debate in the US Senate on C-Span television, a Senator claimed that the EU subsidized its farmers seven...
Gunfight for CAP Budget Money - by Emil Erjavec NEW
CAP Reform 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
The CAP budget negotiations have started to heat up, negotiators have formed the clubs of like-minded countries. Also this time negotiations are mostly a (gun)fight for preserving or improving the net position of Member States.
EU-Agrarreform NEW
Karpfenteich 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Die Landwirtschaft soll grüner werden. Dieses Ziel hat der rumänische EU-Kommissar Dacian Ciolos für die nächste Runde der EU-Agrarreform ausgegeben. Ab 2014 soll jeder Agrarbetrieb verpflichtet werden, sieben Prozent seines Ackers aus der Intens...
La Commission européenne doit soutenir l’innovation en faveur d’une agriculture écologiquement intensive NEW
Le Cercle des Européens 2 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Pour Pierre Feillet, la Commission européenne fait face dans la réforme de la PAC à un enjeu important: réussir à proposer une troisième voie entre agriculture intensive et écologique.
Negotiations on future CAP have speeded up - by Attila Jambor NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Despite the hot summer across Europe, the previous weeks were quite busy in Brussels. On June 18th and 19th 2012, the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee Rapporteurs presented their four draft reports on the reform on the Common Agricultur...
Co-financing rates in Pillar 2 - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 2 Months, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
The design of co-financing rates will influence total public spending on Pillar 2 measures in the next programming period.
Commissione UE: gli Stati membri devono rimborsare 426 milioni di euro di spesa della PAC NEW
L'Europa@TorVergata 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Danimarca, Germania, Estonia, Grecia, Spagna, Francia, Italia, Paesi Bassi, Polonia, Portogallo, Romania, Slovenia e Regno Unito. Sono questi gli Stati membri richiamati dalla Commissione europea a rimborsare ben 426 milioni di euro dei fondi della p...
Paper on CAP greening - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 2 Months, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Links to a recent paper and report I have written on CAP greening...
A mandatory minimum spending requirement on agri-environment-climate change measures in Pillar 2? - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Attempts to water down the mandatory spending limits on agri-environment-climate measures should be resisted.
AGRI committee brings to light preliminary plans on farm policy NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Suggestions for making direct payments for farmers fairer across the EU and simplifying checks on how the money is spent were presented by Agriculture (AGRI) Committee MEPs. Although,  proposals to prolong wine planting rights and sugar quotas we...
Danish Presidency CAP reform progress report - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The Danish Presidency has made some progress in narrowing the differences in Council on the CAP negotiating texts.
Fields of gold NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 17 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
English farmland has gone up in value by more than 10,000 per cent in the last 60 years. Research from agent Knight Frank shows that an investor who paid £56 an acre for land when the Queen ascended the throne in 1952 would get £6,073 if they sol...
How the EU market looks to food exporters - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
The EU's tariff regime for agri-food imports is highly discriminatory, intended to benefit developing countries in particular. But tariff barriers are still important for Southern Mediterrananean countries and South Africa.
More thoughts on the European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 3 Months, 18 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
The slowdown in total factor productivity growth in agriculture needs to be reversed, but there continues to be a lack of clarity about the Commission’s proposals and what they will mean in practice.
Will the right tariff average stand up? - by Alan Matthews NEW
CAP Reform 2 Years, 3 Months, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
New tariff database allows assessment of EU agricultural protection in a global context.
Jordbrukskompromiss viktig för regeringen NEW
Europabloggen 2 Years, 3 Months, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Folkpartiledaren Jan Björklund kan nöja sig med tio procents minskning av EU:s jordbruksbudget i en bred uppgörelse med andra medlemsländer.Trots omfattande och långvarig svensk kritik mot allt för höga kostnader för EU:s jordbrukspolitik kan...
Green confusion NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Agra Europe reports that support has been building in recent weeks for the idea of member states being offered a menu of options for the ‘greening’ of the CAP post-2013, with a majority of member states backing the plan. But EU farm commissioner...
Greening proposals watered down NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Agra Europebroke the news last week that member states are demanding greater flexibility when it comes to the ‘greening’ elements of the proposals for the CAP post-2013.It has now reported that the proposal for an alternative ‘menu’ with a ra...
Setbacks for transparency of the EU NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 2 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
One of the things that has, over the years, helped me maintain some faith in the functioning of the European Union was that – if push came to shove – you could find out what was going on within the walls of the institutions, and find out...
Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: Next week’s Council NEW
Ideas on Europe 2 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
I’ve already blogged about next week’s EU Council meeting with regard to the fisheries issues. However, the Council also deals with what is by far the largest chunk of the EU budget, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and its reform. F...
New privacy rules keep 92% of Common Agricultural Policy beneficiaries secret NEW
farmsubsidy.org 2 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Farmsubsidy.org estimates that fewer than one in ten beneficiaries of EU farm subsidies has been published this year. The total value of payments published is €22 billion, or 45 per cent of the annual CAP budget of €54 billion.
CAP reform proposals 'too complex' NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 23 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
The Court of Auditors has published a report arguing that the proposed CAP reforms are too complex and will not achieve the desired aim of simplification. They might not end the controversial practice of 'sofa farming'.The Court recognises the effor...
Sverige kräver minskat EU-krångel för bönder NEW
Europabloggen 2 Years, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Den nya jordbrukspolitiken är för komplex och svårbegriplig menar regeringen som på fredagen fick riksdagen med sig i krav på betydande förenklingar.På måndag och tisdag ska jordbruksministrarna i Bryssel diskutera hur EU:s kommande jordbruks...
More regulation urged in French presidential election NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
One would not expect candidates in the French presidential election to advocate less spending on the CAP or looser regulation, but there are significant differences of emphasis.President Sarkozy said that he would focus his efforts if re-elected on i...
The Polish Presidency and Agriculture: A Mixed Performance NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 52 Minutes ago
The Polish Presidency was not focusing especially on agriculture but has reached some important results as well as missed some opportunities depending on which side of the coin one looks.
Proposals for a greener PAC policy: a source of debate NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Years, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
While key farmers’ organizations voice criticism of the European Commission´s commitment to fostering a greener Common Agricultural  Policy (PAC), organic producers welcome proposed changes as they think these are positive steps toward more susta...
Green space controversy grows NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
The controversy over the so-called 'Green Space' in the CAP reform proposals is growing: Green Space A somewhat embattled farm commissioner, Dacian Ciolos, is insistent that the proposals do not amount to set aside. As farm as farm organizations ar...
Landsbygdsministern: Det handlar om miljarder NEW
Europabloggen 2 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours ago
Regeringen vill inte säga hur stor sänkning de kräver av EU:s jordbruksbudget. I stället talar de om "väsentligen lägre utgifter".När EU-ländernas jordbruksministrarna träffas i dag är det främst för att lyssna på varandras st
EU agricultural policy: Responding to the crisis? NEW
3E Intelligence 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
From VoxEU: "As Europe battles a life-threatening crisis, the European Commission has found time to discuss the much-maligned Common Agricultural Policy. This column, by the former OECD Director for Trade and Agriculture, argues that far from sei...
CAP reform - a farmer's view - Public Service Europe NEW
www.publicserviceeurope.com, 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Cioloş defends plans to reform EU farm policy NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş faced a barrage of criticism yesterday (7 November) over plans to overhaul the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) before a rare gathering of national farm ministers and members of the European Parliament.
Is Europe losing touch with reality? NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Stefan TangermannIs Europe losing touch with reality? One might think so given the surprise Greek decision to hold a referendum on the austerity package. The fear of contagion is very real and if the euro is confined to a small core of northern me...
Svenska bönder klarar sig utan EU-stöd NEW
Europabloggen 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Regeringen måste värna de svenska böndernas konkurrenssituation i EU:s jordbruksförhandlingar. Det säger Helena Jonsson ordförande för LRF.Europaparlamentet och ministerrådet har två år på sig att bli överens om en ny jordbrukspolitik fö...
CAP reform proposals have no friends NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 22 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The Commission's proposals for the reform of the CAP have not gone down well in any quarter and have managed to draw fire from Britain and France: Reform Of course, it was ever thus and one is never going to devise a reform that is welcomed in all q...
No great suprises in CAP reform proposals NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 20 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
There are no great surprises in the widely leaked Commission proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy released today: CAP reform Also, not surprisingly, UK ministers have criticised the proposals as inadequate.The reform proposals have...
La France veut modérer le "verdissement" de la PAC européenne NEW
Regards citoyens 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 21 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
La France est en désaccord partiel avec les propositions de la Commission européenne sur la réforme de la Politique agricole commune (PAC), notamment son intention de soumettre les aides financières à des critères écologistes. La...
Bruxelles propose une PAC plus "verte" et plus "juste" NEW
Regards citoyens 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 27 Minutes ago
La Politique agricole commune (PAC) est appelée à devenir plus "verte" et plus juste entre agriculteurs et entre pays, selon la proposition de réforme présentée mercredi par la Commission européenne. La plus importante des politiq...
Enlargement and new agriculture policy NEW
Cecilia Malmström 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 46 Minutes ago
This summer we announced that we will welcome Croatia as the 28th EU Member State in 2013 if the remaining reforms are implemented according to the timetable. The news on EU enlargement from today’s meeting with the College of Commissioners is...
EU-kommissionens nya jordbrukspolitik får kritik NEW
Europabloggen 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Mer krångel och tveksam miljönytta. Så lyder den första svenska kritiken mot framtidens europeiska jordbrukspolitik.EU-kommissionen kom idag med förslag på en ny jordbrukspolitik för åren 2014 till 2020. Den innehåller flera förändringar a...
Le Parlement Européen appelle au maintien du PEAD NEW
Louis Lepioufle 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
On avait vu apparaître une déferlante d’indignations à la suite de l’annonce, par la Commission Européenne, de la réduction drastique du budget du Programme Européen d’Aides aux plus Démunis (PEAD). La foudre s’abattait...
Eurobarometer on CAP reform NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
New poll shows public support for main thrust of the Commission's reform plans...
How will Rural Development funds be allocated among the member states? NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Simulations of different criteria for the distribution of Pillar 2 funds in the Commission’s draft impact assessment show how political is the choice of objective criteria.
Landbouwministers blokkeren voedselhulp voor 13 miljoen Europeanen NEW
GroenLinks Europa 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Op een bijeenkomst van EU-ministers van landbouw is geen oplossing gevonden voor de abrupte beëindiging van het Europese voedselhulpprogramma, dat veel Europese voedselbanken bevoorraadt. Een teleurstellend resultaat, aldus GroenLinks-Europarlementa...
La fin du Programme d’Aides aux plus démunis: la faute aux gouvernements NEW
Louis Lepioufle 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
La faute à l’Europe, c’est la mode ces temps-ci. Cela fait malheureusement trop longtemps que cette phrase est utilisée. Il est normal, et même moralement nécessaire, si tant soit peu que l’on soit humaniste, de s’indigner...
EU sugar refiners want EU to abolish duty on sugar imports NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 22 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
The European Union should abolish a 98 euros ($137) a metric ton duty on sugar imports from a group of countries including Brazil and Australia to ensure refiners have “fair access” to raw materials, an industry group said. The EU suspended th...
Commission’s impact assessment of direct payments changes NEW
CAP Health Check 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Commission impact assessment confirms very limited redistribution across Member States under the preferred option in the multiannual financial framework.
Sugar quotas to go NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
The EU is to end sugar quotas and guaranteed minimum prices in 2016. This represents a one year extension after the scheduled end to quotas to give producers more time to adjust: Sugar It is hoped that the change will boost output and reduce prices...
Greening element in CAP reform increased NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 2 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
The European Commission is proposing to increase the greening element in the CAP reform in relation to Pillar 1 measures: Greening The proportion of farmland to be placed in ecological measures would be increased from the previously proposed 5 per c...