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Omnibus Agreed but Concerns Expressed Over Procedures & Content

The Agricultural part of an omnibus regulation has been reached in Estonia. Omnibus regulation adjusts financing for the EU budget in agriculture and other areas. Changes to direct payments, rural development, common market organisation and horizontal regulation have been made in the Common Agricultural Policy. However concerns are being expressed at both the procedures and content of this Omnibus. [...]

13 October, 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

July CAP briefing | Council, Stakeholders & Co-Financing

Progress towards a CAP Communication is ongoing, with two events recently. These have updated Minister and other stakeholders of the progress towards a making changes in the Common Agricultural Policy - CAP. They have also providing an opportunity to test the popularity of ideas and make the case for sector positions. Here's our July CAP roundup. [...]

19 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

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

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

Fairness & Solidarity in CAP | Committee of the Regions

Below we highlight the summary of the Committee of the Regions position on CAP as written by Euromontana - the European Association of Mountainous Regions. Fairness and solidarity emerge as key themes, with a strong emphasis on the rural. [...]

27 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

Crucial EFA Pesticide Vote in Parliament Wednesday

A vote in the European Parliament this coming Wednesday 14th June will be crucial in deciding whether pesticides will be banned from Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). It is a simple majority vote by MEPs, and it is likely to be tight. Here we outline what you can do, make the case for keeping pesticides out of EFAs, and myth bust some common misconceptions on pesticides and EFAs. [...]

11 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

COMAGRI Rejects Commission’s Pesticides & EFA Proposal

MEPs on the Agriculture Committee (COMAGRI) have rejected a proposal by the EU Commission to ban pesticides from Ecological Focus Areas. The proposal was part of a simplification initiative by the EU Commission, whereby a bundle of 14 changes in CAP greening rules were put forward. [...]

6 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

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