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–Research community publications

Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2012 OECD Countries – September 2012 Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) CAP reform options: A challenge for analysis and synthesis Jambor and Harvey – March 2010 Conflicting demands of land use, soil biodiversity and the sustainable delivery of ecosystem goods and services in Europe Soil Service – April 2012 Direct and Intermediated Marketing of Local Foods in the United States Sarah A. Low and Stephen Vogel, United States Department of Agriculture – November 2011 EU agricultural policy: Responding to the crisis? Stefan Tangermann – 10 November 2011 Future CAP financing for 2014–2020: Implications for the ACP Agritrade – December 2011 Global Food Policy Report 2011 International Food Policy Research Institute – April 2012 Globalising Hunger: Food Security and the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Thomas Fritz, The Transnational Institute – December 2011 Organic farming is superior to conventional agriculture according to 30-year comparative study September 2011 Moving away from business as usual in agriculture Institut […]

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European Union publications

European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development   Legal proposals for the CAP after 2013 Commission Communication on the CAP towards 2020   Information below courtesy of the European Commission’s website: >> Read the Commission Communication >> Read the citizens’ summary >> Read the press release >> Read the background memo >> Watch the slide show[858 KB] European Commission, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development : “An analysis of the EU organic sector” “Your ideas matter” – reform consultation by the European Commission European Parliament : Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Draft report (+amendments) – The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future (the so-called Deß report) European Parliament resolution of 8 July 2010 on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013 (2009/2236(INI)) European Parliament : motion for resolution on agriculture in areas with natural handicaps Report commissioned by the European Parliament on the SPS scheme after 2013 Committee of the Regions DRAFT OPINION The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and […]

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–Civil society publications

ON THE CAP APRODEV – CAP Statement (February 2013) APRODEV – Crop Rotation in the CAP reform: Relevance of WTO constraints, benefits and control (February 2013) APRODEV, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM EU Group and Pesticide Action Group – Crop Rotation: Benefitting farmers, the environment and the economy (July 2012) Arbeitsgruppe Landwirtschaft und Ernährung im Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung: Vorschläge zur Reform der EU-Agrarpolitik müssen die Probleme aus der industriellen Tierhaltung angehen (June 2012) EU agricultural policy reform proposals must address the problems arising from industrial livestock production EU BirdLife partners – A Strong Rural Development Policy: The key to unlocking the CAP’s green potential (June 2012) BirdLife / EEB / EFNCP / IFOAM / WWF – Proposal for a new EU Common Agricultural Policy BirdLife / EEB / EFNCP / IFOAM / WWF – Common briefing following discussions in the Council on Greening of the CAP  (June 2012) CONCORD – The Future of the European Common Agricultural Policy and Development The Council for British Archaeology – Crunch Time for CAP ELARD – Position on […]

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–Audio recordings of the 2nd ARC Conference

Click on the links to listen to each audio segment. 14:00 Welcome messages Speakers: Yves SOMVILLE, EESC member (BE), NAT Section Yves Somville – EESC Welcome: Arie VAN DEN BRAND, President Groupe de Bruges Arie van den Brand – ARC Welcome: Civil Society’s Reform Priorities 14:05 Plenary Debate on the emerging ideas for the future CAP and the unresolved issues that need to be addressed Introduction: Michael DOWER, Member of the ARC Core Group Michael Dower – Debate on unresolved issues: Moderator:  Arie VAN DEN BRAND, President Groupe de Bruges 14:40 Summary of the debate and introduction of the experts Consulting the experts Introduction by the moderator: Robert LUKESCH, Associate partner of ÖAR Regional Consulting Ltd. Robert Lukesch – Intro to expert round: 14:45 Coalition Building on Reforming Agriculture and Trade Policies in a Globalized World Speaker: Jim HARKNESS, Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Jim Harkness – Speech 15:05 The CAP and Public Health Policy R. Lukesch – Introduction of Tim Lang Speaker: Tim LANG, Professor of Food Policy at City […]

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–ARC Conferences

Since its formation, ARC has organised two major conferences in Brussels, both attended by Commissioner Dacian Cioloş and a wide range of stakeholders.   2nd ARC Conference – 13 July 2011 1st ARC Conference – 4-5 November 2010    

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–1st ARC Conference

Building our common future: Finalising a “Communication of Civil Society to the EU on the Future of Agriculture and Rural Policies”   The first ARC Conference took place on 4-5 November 2010 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. After two rounds of consultation within the ARC network, the ARC members and supporters along with observers finalised their “Communication of Civil Society to the European Institutions on the Future of Agricultural and Rural Policy”. Dacian Cioloş gave the opening address on first day of the conference. It was the most important step of the ARC network to date. Gathered in Brussels for two days, the ARC network put the final touches on its Communication of Civil Society to the European Union on the Future of Agriculture and Rural Policies.  In a common statement, the civil society organisations assembled in Brussels described the two funds through which this new policy should be implemented : the European Agricultural Fund focused on food and farming; and the European Rural Fund, focused on the wider rural economy and territorial development. […]

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–Rally for a new agricultural policy in Germany

The German campaign „Meine Landwirtschaft – unsere Wahl“ (My agriculture – our choice): www.meine-landwirtschaft.de has organised an large, nation-wide rally through Germany culminating in a protest in front of the German chancellery. Following the „Wir haben es satt“ rally on 22 January 2011 in Berlin, one of the largest public demonstration for a new agricultural policy in recent German history, farmers from all over Germany have now toured Germany on their tractors all the way to Berlin where they convened on June 9th, 2011 for a protest rally in front of the German chancellery. They are calling for a small-scale, fair, animal-friendly and ecological agriculture. The routing of the rally is available here: http://www.meine-landwirtschaft.de/sternfahrt/routen.html The closing event „Angela, we need to talk“ including a farmers‘ banquet took place on June 9th from 10am to 12am in front of the German chancellery. Take a look at the video appeal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfxU28mHAdY The farmers from all over Germany presented a list of demands to chancellor Merkel calling for a cultural change in farming. From the dominant unsustainable, resource-intensive, […]

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Update on the European Parliament’s ‘Dess’ Report

The European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development is currently working on an own-initiative report “CAP towards 2020: meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future” and the different political groups are now trying to find a common ground. This is done by agreeing on compromise amendments to the draft report which are meant to reduce the large number of amendments tabled by the committee members. The current draft compromise amendments, proposed by the rapporteur Albert Dess, are expected to reduce the number of amendments to be voted from 1300 to around 1000. But the staff of political groups continues exchanging views and believes that more work needs to be done in order to further reduce the sheer number of amendments and achieve a substantially shortened text. The report will need a concise structure and an unmistakable wording if the European Parliament, with its new co-decision powers, wants to send a clear and strong message to the European Commission and the Council of the Member States. Unsolved key points are the […]

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The Future of LEADER – An inside view by Robert Lukesch

From 27 – 29 April 2011,  the second conference of LINC (LEADER Inspired Network Community) took place in Bad Schandau (Sachsen, Germany). At the LINC conference, representatives of Local Action Groups (LAGs), stakeholders in rural development and for the first time also representatives from the European Network for Rural Development and the European Commission were present in this vibrant cooperation and networking event. ARC Core Group member Robert Lukesch (ÖAR Regional Consulting, Austria) attended the conference and summarised for us the main ideas of the European Commission’s plans for the future LEADER programme which were presented by Rob Peters, Head of the European Commission’s Unit “European Network for Rural Development and Monitoring of Rural Development”. The Commission expects initiatives and projects at sub-regional level to be crucial in achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The relevant legislative proposal is expected to be adopted by the Commission in autumn 2011 along with all other CAP post 2013 proposals. In this framework, LEADER is considered to become the main development instrument at sub-regional level and the Commission […]

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–The Issues

Introduction The European Union is now reviewing its Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) post 2013. This new Policy will be implemented for seven years. Within these seven years ARC foresees very important changes that will become the basis for the CAP until 2020. The European Commission has already started the legislative work with the European Parliament in tow. Why should you care? Academics have established that European-level regulations affect about 70% of national legislation. Furthermore the Common Agriculture Policy is the main European budget post. The CAP sets the direction of the European Agriculture ship for the next 7 years. If you work in agriculture it will affect your sales, your costs, your subsidies and most definitely the way you work. And even if you do not work in agriculture, we all need to feed, to drink. Every citizen eats bread or cereals for breakfast, drink milk and juice. We all depend on agriculture for our Sunday barbecue and our veggie day. Rules and regulations thought up by the European policy-makers will, one way or the […]