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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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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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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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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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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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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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French environment ministry for green CAP!

The French Ministry for the Environment has spectacularly broken ranks with the Ministry of Agriculture by publishing its own vision ‘For a sustainable agricultural policy in 2013’. The 17-page document does not beat about the bush: it calls for a radical overhaul and gives numbers.

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New expert declaration 'For an Ambitious Reform of the CAP'

In late 2009, leading agricultural economists from all over Europe issued a declaration on ‘A Common Agricultural Policy for European Public Goods’. They proposed the abolition of market intervention and blanket income support to farmers, and outlined a more efficient, greener CAP.

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Commission conclusions on EU budget review: The door for serious CAP reform remains open

On October 19, the European Commission has finally released its conclusions on the budget review originally due for 2008/09. It compares poorly to the draft document that leaked quite exactly one year earlier.

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An appraisal of the leaked communication from DG Agriculture

The communication from DG Agri that prepares the CAP community for the legislative proposal next summer and which aims to channel the debate has leaked.

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