The Future of the CAP

Designing RDPs fit for the environment

28 SEP 2012

Commissioned by the RSPB, new IEEP report highlights potential opportunities for Member States to deliver more for the environment according to the proposed changes to rural development regulation. The report sets out a series of principles and environmental priorities to help guide Member States in designing their future rural development programmes.

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Maximising Environmental Benefits through Ecological Focus Areas

11 JUN 2012

A new IEEP report identifies some of the key factors to consider on how to get the most for the environment out of the Ecological Focus Area (EFA) measure under the proposals for the greening of direct payments. Based on the literature, past experience and a seminar Brussels, the report aims to identify the key parameters that need to be addressed in a new policy.

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Efra report examines the 'Greening' proposals for the CAP

08 JUN 2012

The Efra Committee’s inquiry report Greening the Common Agricultural Policy states that the one-size-fits all approach proposed by the Commission to green the CAP under Pillar 1 could negatively impact food security and is unlikely to deliver the desired environmental improvements. Instead, the report recommends developing a flexible approach to ‘greening’ that would enable individual Member States to decide measures tailored to their local circumstances and in line with their existing agri-environment schemes under Pillar 2.

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Addressing the EU’s biodiversity goals through the CAP

14 MAY 2012

What is the relationship between the management of agricultural land and biodiversity? To what extent are the EU’s biodiversity goals addressed through the CAP?

These questions form the focus on a new study by IEEP for DG Agriculture. It is based on a thorough review of the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity and considers how policies, particularly the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), have worked in terms of their design, coordination and implementation for sustaining biodiversity and associated ecosystem services through agriculture, and how their role can be enhanced in the future to contribute towards meeting the EU’s biodiversity goals.

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An assessment of the CAP reform proposals

03 MAY 2012

In this report, LEI assesses the degree of simplification achieved in the CAP reform proposals. The assessment looks at the potential impact of the ten key simplification aspects and the legislative proposals on three main stakeholders (farmers, national authorities and the European Commission).

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A Short Guide to the Proposals for EU Rural Development after 2013

07 DEC 2011

A new ‘short guide’ to EU rural development after 2013 summarising all the main policy points.

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Scottish Agricultural College Respond to EFRA Select Committee


The Scottish Agricultural College have issued a response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee at the UK Parliament which was co-ordinated by the Rural Policy Centre in November 2011.

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CAP Reform post-2013: An Opportunity to Support High Nature Value Farming Systems in Scotland?


This Scottish Agricultural College Rural Policy Centre Briefing briefing discusses recent work to assess HNV farming systems in Scotland and to explore the use of different payment mechanisms to direct more funding to HNV farming systems in future.

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Redesigning the CAP to Deliver Public Goods

01 AUG 2011

It is widely recognised that agriculture has an important role in the provision of a wide range of public goods in Europe and this forms a core element of the Commission’s current proposals for the future of the CAP post 2013, supported by Commissioners Ciolos (agriculture), Potocnik (environment) and Hedegaard (climate). However, there is still considerable lack of clarity on whether the proposals in their current form will deliver real improvements in practice, particularly for the environment. At the request of the Policy Unit of the European Parliament, this report considers some of the options for redesigning the CAP to deliver improved public goods outcomes, considering the pros and cons of different options financially, politically and in terms of their potential impacts.

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Developing a Territorial Approach for the CAP


A timely discussion paper explaining how a territorial approach can be developed within rural development policy and other aspects of the CAP.

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Farmland Biodiversity Concerns and the CAP


This SAC Rural Policy Centre Briefing draws on the findings from an EU-funded project to highlight a range of measures that could be taken to ensure that farmland biodiversity concerns are addressed in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) at an appropriate scale to be effective. Farmers and their farming practices are needed to maintain and improve conditions for habitats and species of European farmland biodiversity concern.

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Scoping the Development of the Environmentally Sustainable Production Agenda

IEEP, 07 JUL 2010

This IEEP paper for the Land Use Policy Group (LUPG) sets out the key issues and questions that need to be considered for the establishment of a Sustainable Production Agenda for Europe and explores the implications of these issues for the development of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2013 – 2020.

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Developing a More Comprehensive Rationale for EU Funding for the Environment

IEEP, 01 JUL 2010

This IEEP paper for the Land Use Policy Group's (LUPG) evaluates the case for using state intervention to reverse existing environmental degradation and deliver improvements, before focusing specifically on the rationale for intervening at the European level.

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Environmental NGO Proposal for a new EU Common Agricultural Policy - Consultation Responses

IEEP, 10 JUN 2010

In December 2009 five farming and environmental NGOs came together with a proposal for a transformation of the CAP. During a six month consultation 19 responses to the Vision were submitted. These can be read here.

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Organic Perspectives on CAP Reform


A new paper on reform of the CAP from the the perspective of the organic movement has been published. The report questions the legitimacy of current Pillar 1 expenditure and suggests that a 'European agrarian model' is needed which draws on the principles of organic agriculture.

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