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Some thoughts on the CAP post 2020


Conversations about the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have started in different parts of Europe as a new Commissioner takes up his post and the implications of the final version of the 2013 reform become more apparent. This short paper draws on some exploratory dialogues in which IEEP’s agriculture team has been involved over the last few months. It combines the thoughts of others with some of our own reflections, both on what to expect and what might be most welcome in any future CAP; if there will be another CAP, some might speculate. We suspect there will be.

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Hogan approved by European Parliament as new Agriculture Commissioner


The European Parliament hearing for the Agriculture Commissioner-designate, Phil Hogan, took place on 2 October. Sticking mainly to the parameters set out for him in Juncker’s mission letter, Hogan focussed on the role of agriculture and its potential to contribute to growth, jobs and food security. Of relevance to the environmental agenda, Hogan showed an understanding of many the sustainability issues affecting agriculture in relation to resource management (such as protecting water and soils) and adapting to and mitigating climate change. Unfortunately, the potential of agriculture to deliver benefits for biodiversity was overlooked during the three hour hearing.

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Sustainable Intensification of European Agriculture


Sustainable Intensification of existing agricultural land to avoid further degradation of natural forest, grassland and wild areas is a logical and generally accepted concept. This article looks at a recently published report which examines in some detail what sustainable intensification should mean in the context of the already intensive agriculture of the European Union which has been associated with environmental damage. The conclusion is that the emphasis must be on sustainability, but that this concept is not well served by the lack of evidence on what are truly unsustainable practices, the multiplicity of approaches to sustainability indicators, and the lack of farm-level measures and benchmarks.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook for 2014-2023


The annual OECD and FAO agricultural Outlook for the forthcoming decade, 2014 – 2023 was launched on 11 July. The Outlook projects a slower growth rate for consumption of agricultural products compared to the past decade. At an EU level, consumption growth will likely fall below the previous decade’s growth rate. Global agricultural production growth is projected to increase, particularly for livestock and dairy production, this implies greater demand and subsequent production of feed grains and oilseeds. This projected production growth is expected to occur mostly in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe (both EU and non-EU countries) and parts of Asia. Production growth in Western Europe is expected to increase very slightly. The increased crop production is expected to result predominantly from yield increases and domestic policies are also expected to have a growing influence on production levels. The projected consumption and productions trends are expected to result in slowly declining prices in real terms.

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Environment undermined in CAP deal

IEEP press release on the revised Common Agricultural Policy. Read in full

Co-financing remerges as crucial issue in last round of CAP negotiations

Negotiations on the reform of the CAP are entering their last stage. The European Parliament is challenging the Council deal concluded in... Read in full

General Approach on CAP agreed by Ministers: Trialogue discussions now underway

After lengthy deliberations, on 19 March, the Agriculture Council agreed its negotiating mandate on the CAP reform package of legislative texts. This... Read in full

A greener EU budget in the balance: the 2014-2020 MFF deal

The unprecedented cuts in the EU’s future spending plans, agreed by Heads of State and Government in early February, have been much... Read in full

Will Europe’s soil carbon stores be better protected by the revised GAEC framework?

One of the key elements of the current CAP reform, aimed at protecting existing carbon stocks, so far appears to have been... Read in full

Principles of Double Funding - implications for the CAP debate

This IEEP briefing paper written on behalf of the UK Land Use Policy Group (LUPG) explores the issue of double funding in... Read in full

The CAP Proposals: Green in more than name?

Today’s proposals from the Commission on the future CAP could have represented a major step towards improved environmental management across the EU,... Read in full