The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) needs fundamental reform. Every year, € 57 billion – more than 40% of the EU budget – are spent without creating significant value for society.
In the future, European money should promote European public goods. This will allow us to better protect our climate and the environment, improve animal welfare and enhance economic efficiency.
This webpage is a resource for all those interested in CAP reform: politicians, civil servants, NGO activists, journalists and citizens. The aim is to foster a better understanding of what is at stake and how to shape the future CAP.
The editor is Valentin Zahrnt. He is an economist at ECIPE, the European Centre for International Political Economy.
For an Ambitious Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
A wake-up call for policy-makers to thoroughly reform the CAP. All European agricultural economists are invited to sign this declaration on-line.
Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel, Professor at the University of Göttingen, says that models are like maps: they are never entirely realistic but help us find the way. In the case of the post-2013 CAP, the reform path does not even depend on the traditional models because the main issue is not greater market orientation.
Jean-Marc Boussard is a former director of the French agricultural research institute INRA and highly experienced in models of agriculture that incorporate uncertainty. Reacting to the recent ‘Guide to the CAP reform politics’, he raises important questions about what economists really know about agriculture and what kind of recommendations they can give with sufficient certainty. Readers are welcome to contribute short comments or longer responses (1-3 pages) in this debate that will be posted on this blog.