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Category: General posts

20.12.2010

The rise in farm incomes: 2010 and the next decade

Farmers and speakers from DG Agri have repeatedly complained about the double squeeze of farm incomes: falling farm gate prices combined with rising costs for inputs, such as energy and fertilizer. The disastrous year of 2009 had wiped out all the gains of the last 15 years, they said. But the upswing of 2010 has been generous with farmers, and future price increases promise further improvements in farm incomes.

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Category: General posts

13.12.2010

Should the UK squeeze the EU budget or lead Europe?

Promoting a more liberal and competitive Europe would gain the UK more than only focusing on cuts to the budget.

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Category: General posts

03.12.2010

CAP Reform – A matter of the past?

By Stefan Tangermann, retired OECD director for trade and agriculture and Professor Emeritus, University of Göttingen. He expresses his disappointment with the Commission communication on the post-2013 CAP and thinks about what the Commission could have proposed instead.

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Category: General posts

30.11.2010

Conserving the CAP: The EPP position paper

Whereas the Socialist group published a surprisingly reform-oriented position paper in March 2010, the EPP position paper of September 2010 trumps even DG-Agri’s CAP orthodoxy. Already in the past, the EEP has repeatedly condemned the Socialists for betraying European farmers, for instance in dealing with the Doha trade negotiations and the milk fund. But don’t conservative parties stand for low taxes, small government, free trade and market orientation? Don’t conservatives wish to spend more EU money on research and development? And isn’t there a conservative case for preserving landscapes and nature, rather than giving the money away as income support?

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Category: General posts

30.11.2010

Defra-AES One Day Conference: The European Commission’s proposals for reform of the CAP

The Ministry of Agriculture (Defra) and the Agricultural Economics Society of the UK organize a joint conference on the Commission proposals for the post-2013 CAP, which will take place in London on 16th December 2010. The program offers high-level political assessments and academic evaluations in several one-hour sessions that should garantee in-depth 'analysis and challenges' (as the subtitle of the conference says).

More information can be found here.

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Category: General posts

25.11.2010

Detailed examination of the Commission communication on the post-2013 CAP

'The CAP towards 2020: Working Paper on the EC Communication of 18 November 2010', interprets all the elements of the communication - and highlights the ambiguities and open questions. It has been written by Mr Felice ADINOLFI,Mr Jonathan LITTLE and Mr Albert MASSOT (whose summaries of current CAP/budget issues are always recommended reading), from the Policy Department Structural and Cohesion Policies of the European Parliament.

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Category: General posts

19.11.2010

Appraisal by Berkeley Hill: 'The CAP towards 2020'

It is hard to read the Commission’s ‘options’ for the CAP after 2013 without a feeling that there is something rigged about it. The Commission must well know that some of its proposals are non-starters. This concerns especially option 2, the moderate reform scenario. In the leaked version of the communication, the Commission has severly criticized option 3, making clear that this is just a strawman. This implies that the most likely outcome is option 1: to broadly continue the status quo but with some of the details tweaked.

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Category: General posts

18.11.2010

Appraisal: ‘The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future’

The communication goes at great length to greenwash direct income support. The crux is a lowering of current cross-compliance standards and the introduction of another layer of eco-conditionality. But the greening of blanket subsidies is not sufficient. What is needed are truly targeted payments that reward farmers’ individual provision of public goods in line with local conditions.

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Category: General posts

18.11.2010

Comparison official/leaked: 'The CAP towards 2020'

The communication resembles very closely a draft that leaked a month ago. The careful reader might find a soupçon of additional greening and reinforced reference to global food security as a justification of the CAP. The most significant change is that the most far-reaching reform option 3 now gets a fair representation and is no longer censured by the Commission.

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Category: General posts

18.11.2010

Full text: 'The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future'

download the official communication as a Word file

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At your fingertips

CAP reform in a nutshell the case for CAP reform on one page
Can you believe it? The CAP at its worst examples of mind-boggling subsidies
The Single Farm Paymentexcellent critique by Stefan Tangermann
Expert Declaration on CAP reform one-page summary
CAP visions by reform-oriented stakeholders
Key data on the CAP expenditure for the main instruments
Who pays for farm income support?
member states net contributions