November 2012

EU budget mired: Council to re-convene in the New Year

26 NOV 2012

The special European Council on the MFF ended in deadlock on 23 November with Council negotiations expected to re-convene in the New Year.

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Rural development budget in peril

15 NOV 2012

The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has issued a new negotiating text for the forthcoming MFF in preparation for the forthcoming Council meeting. He proposes further cuts of €75 billion to the Commission proposals, exceeding those recently tabled by the Cypriot Presidency (€50 billion). The implications for rural development are serious.

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MFF negotiations risk reducing funding for rural land management

01 NOV 2012

The negotiations on the EU’s budget for the next seven years – called the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) – are now fully underway. The Cypriot Presidency has just published their attempt to bridge the gap between the Commission’s proposals for a small increase and those that are calling for reductions, most notably the UK. These negotiations and the debates on the reform of the CAP strongly interact because agriculture takes a major share of the EU budget. How this is resolved will have major implications for the environmental performance of EU agriculture.

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