What Tools for the European Agricultural Policy to Encourage the Provision of Public Goods ?

16-05-2011

Agriculture plays an important role in the provision of a wide range of public goods in Europe, particularly regarding the environment and rural vitality. Appropriate policies are required to secure adequate provision in future. The Common Agricultural Policy potentially has a key role. This report examines some of the issues involved in reorienting the CAP for this purpose and proposes how it could be modified to contribute to the provision of public goods more effectively in the future.

Agriculture plays an important role in the provision of a wide range of public goods in Europe, particularly regarding the environment and rural vitality. Appropriate policies are required to secure adequate provision in future. The Common Agricultural Policy potentially has a key role. This report examines some of the issues involved in reorienting the CAP for this purpose and proposes how it could be modified to contribute to the provision of public goods more effectively in the future.

External author

Kaley Hart and David Baldock (IEEP) ; Peter Weingarten and Bernhard Osterburg (vTI) ; Andrea Povellato and Francesco Vanni (INEA) ; Corrado Pirzio-Biroli and Alison Boyes (RISE Foundation)