CAP

“Not all Pastures are Just Grass” Spain, CAP, the Omnibus & the Pastoralists

CAP's way to address diverse rural spaces under a broad policy umbrella has many shortcomings, including the discrimination against wood pastures as eligible land for direct payments. This impacts pastoralists and the landscape negatively. So will this be addressed by the new reform of the CAP? Or has something else emerged which might actually act as a tool for change? by Flora Sonkin. [...]

12 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

Drones & CAP Compliance – savvy surveying or surveillance state?

Somewhere between convenience, efficiency, cost saving and a comprehensive EU surveillance mega state, the use of drones and other in-the-sky technologies for ensuring CAP compliance represents, as it were, a Brave New World. Helene Schultz unpacks the details. [...]

10 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

CAP Communication – reactions

Here we present a range of perspectives on the recent CAP Communication by Commissioner Phil Hogan. A range of farmer organisations, NGOs, experts and others are represented. [...]

5 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hogan’s CAP Communication & ARC2020 Analysis

The new CAP Communication betrays a lack of ambition, a worrying move towards reliance on the financial sector, a lack of focus on rural areas or on some major issues. However, the results based initiative - which risking re-nationalisaiton to an extent - is at least novel and thought provoking. It potentially involves give and take by Member States with justifications accompanying subsidiarity. [...]

29 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

Omnibus Passes Ag Committee – Analysis

what amounts to a mini CAP reform has just passed a crucial stage towards becoming law. There is but a single plenary (all MEPs) vote in the Parliament left, most likely in December. So what was agreed and what does it mean? [...]

23 November, 2017 // 2 Comments

Birdlife Europe – 4 Policy Instruments for CAP overhaul

BirdLife Europe & Central Asia have made proposals to substantially overhaul the CAP. The NGO proposes four instruments in the areas of farming; food, biodiversity and what they call "Space for Nature". Also proposed is the end of the two pillar system, parity for environmental legislators, a radical change in farmer payments and in risk management. [...]

14 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

CAP Clashes as Communication Approaches

With the date for the CAP communication fast approaching, protagonists antagonise each other while the Commission indicates that it may - in actual fact - do little of substance. [...]

8 October, 2017 // 0 Comments

What are the Big Issues for Food, Farming & Rural Places?

There are some big and pressing topics in agri-food and for rural places. Some of these are ongoing – rural and farming depopulation, land access, agroecology, economic and ecological disparities in the Common Agricultural Policy – and others are new. So what's new - and what's worth covering in debate form? [...]

2 October, 2017 // 0 Comments

4 Instruments, 1 Pillar & a Move to Food – EEB on CAP

Four new policy instruments have been proposed by the EEB - the European Environmental Bureau - for a future CAP. These instruments are put forward for use in the areas of ecosystems, rural development, healthy food and sustainable farming. [...]

12 September, 2017 // 0 Comments

Spain’s CAP Debate Part 3 – Dissenting Voices

In part three of this exclusive three parter on Spain's internal CAP debate, Marta Zygadlo puts forward the dissenting positions from Spain's CAP consultation position. The positions of two regions - Aragon and Navarre - and NGOs including Birdlife and WWF are put forward [...]

10 September, 2017 // 0 Comments

Spain’s CAP Debate Part 2 | Finance

In part two of this exclusive three parter on Spain's internal CAP debate, Marta Zygadlo delves deeper into the substance of the position adopted by Spain with regard to the European Commission's CAP consultation, focusing here on financing. [...]

5 September, 2017 // 0 Comments

Spain’s CAP debate unpacked – Part 1 with Marta Zygadlo

In this exclusive three part series, Marta Zygadlo - a lawyer in Spain working on food systems and food governance, explores the fascinating CAP debate in the Iberian country. Part one introduces the broad contours of the debate, including the Spanish government's response document to the European Commission CAP consultation. [...]

31 August, 2017 // 0 Comments

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