Latest from EU Member States

Updates from EU Member States, including reports from ARC Web Correspondents

Damning Food Brexit Report Demands “Time to Get Real”

As Brexit negotiations open, a report makes for worrying reading on the implications for food and farming. Interconnected problematic situations await the UK, yet there seems to be precious little of agri-food planning being done. Food Brexit: Time to Get Real Finds. [...]

17 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

UK | Sustain’s “Beyond 2020 – New Farm Policy”

NGOs are urging a root and branch reform of agricultural policy to take the place of the CAP in the post-Brexit years. The Sustain alliance has published a four-part policy briefing. This is part two of our mini series presenting two scenarios from the UK for life #AfterCAP. [...]

11 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

UK | A People’s Food Policy

A silver lining in the Brexit cloud is that people can radically rethink how food, farming and the rural space operate in the UK. What will this mean for direct payments, for environmental regulations, for food security - and who will do the hard work of farming? Finally, is some of this blue sky thinking of interest to the rest of Europe? [...]

9 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

Alan Matthews | Merkel’s Stance on Agricultural Policy

Alan Matthews points out that given the pivotal importance of Germany in shaping the future CAP, it is worth paying attention to what the CDU/CSU coalition have to say about agriculture in its just announced programme for government for the German elections in September. [...]

6 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

Important Access to Land Consultation Closing Soon

Progress is being made towards land access - and against land concentration - in the EU, with a consultation by the Finance Directorate General.You can read the DG FISMA consultation document and submit your own feedback. Closing date for submissions is very soon - the 7th July. [...]

5 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

What a UK Negotiator Needs From a Minister

The UK is about to go into Brexit negotiations with a political maverick, Brexiteer Michael Gove, in charge of DEFRA. Here are are a few of his predecessors’ contributions to posterity: [...]

25 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

Who is UK’s new Ag Minister? Say Hello to Michael Gove

Michael Gove has taken over in the UK ministry which covers agricultural, food, rural affairs and the environment. He was central to the Brexit push and has links to US Neocons including the Tea Party - so he doesn't seem too keen on environmental regulations. By Miles King. [...]

20 June, 2017 // 1 Comment

Karditsa’s Social Economy – an Ecosystem of Collaboration

An important part of the recent European Rural Sustainability Gathering in Karditsa, Greece, was diverse set of field trips in the agricultural, economic and social spheres. These showcased some of the rural development initiatives in the Karditsa region - and how they are connected via an ecosystem of collaboration. Here we present a snapshot of the day. [...]

10 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

Ecological Focus Area in Germany: What Influences Farmers’ Decisions?

Catch crops (68%), fallow land (16.2%) and nitrogen fixing crops (11.8%) dominated ecological focus areas (EFAs) in Germany in 2015. Why is this? What influences farmers’ decisions on EFAs? One of the authors of a new peer reviewed publication on this topic, ARC2020 regular Sebastian Lackner, summarises the paper, in which he and colleagues interviewed a range of experts on the matter. [...]

1 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Mini Greek Odyssey with ARC2020 | #ERSG17

ARC2020's Communications Director spend a week on the road in rural Greece recently, with force of nature Pavlos Georgiadis – farmer, food producer, film maker, campaigner, social innovator and community manager with the exciting new GROW Observatory. Here's a snapshot of their trip. [...]

29 May, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rural Greece, Social Economy & Pathways Out of Crisis

"We invite you to listen, understand each other, share, dream contribute, enjoy and act to change and improve our societies." With these words of Forum Synergies' Philippe Barret, so began the European Rural Sustainability Gathering 2017 in Karditsa. [...]

24 May, 2017 // 0 Comments

CAP Consultation – Three Key Takeaways

The CAP consultation is complete, and the results are in. So who participated, and how representative was the process? Here ARC2020 presents the top three key insights from the information available so far. [...]

8 May, 2017 // 0 Comments

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