50 years of Common Agricultural Policy in Europe

To mark the 50th anniversay of the CAP, agricultural journalists at viEUws.eu – the EU policy broadcaster – have produced a series of interviews with the current and two former European Commissioners for Agriculture and Rural Development, looking back at half a century of CAP. You can find these interviews below.

Dacian Cioloş, current Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on the future and past developments surrounding CAP

Frans Andriessen, Commissioner for Agriculture from 1985 – 1989, discusses the era over over-production, butter mountains and wine lakes, as well as the milk quotas. He also talks about the impact of a reduced dominance and budget for agriculture within the EU:

“It’s easier for my successors to sell their policies to the people”

Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture from 2004 – 2010 is best known for the Health Check reform of the CAP. Here she talks about the restructuration of different sectors, in particular sugar, and the importance of developing a competitive agriculture in Europe. As a fellow Dane, she suggests that:

“The Danish presidency is well aware that they won’t be able to finish negotiations on CAP reform