Reactions to the Leaked CAP Proposals
The leaked CAP proposals have sparked initial reactions by a number of policy stakeholders. Those to emerge so far include:
A paper by BirdLife International, ‘Common Agricultural Policy reform: Radical re-think needed to make the CAP really deliver for the environment’, including endorsements and additional comments from International National Trusts Organisation, the Grasslands Trust, and Plantlife International.
Alan Matthews, Professor of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College, Dublin, has produced a series of articles providing useful summaries on the different legislative texts and his take on the proposals, available on capreform.eu.
The European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP) has recently released their comments on the EC's proposed CAP regulations, focusing in particular on their implications for biodiversity in relation to High Nature Value farming and extensive grazing.
Twenty one European and French environmental and agricultural NGOs have signed an open letter (in French) to the Agricultural Commissioner asking that the CAP integrates environmental policy more effectively than the current display of 'greenwashing' in the leaked documents.
We will add links to further commentary here as and when they become available and welcome your remarks and reactions.
15 Dec 2011