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Webinar proceedings: An EU legal framework to halt and reverse deforestation

27-11-2020

On Thursday, 10 September 2020, the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies organised at the request of the ENVI committee a remote webinar on "An EU legal framework to halt and reverse deforestation". This briefing summarises the presentations delivered by the invited experts.

On Thursday, 10 September 2020, the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies organised at the request of the ENVI committee a remote webinar on "An EU legal framework to halt and reverse deforestation". This briefing summarises the presentations delivered by the invited experts.

Biodiversity and agriculture

21-06-2016

In its mid-term review of the Biodiversity strategy, the European Commission identified a continuing decline in the species and habitats associated with agriculture. It concluded that the strategy was not fulfilling expectations with regard to the contribution of agriculture and forestry to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. Numerous studies show that agricultural biodiversity loss is linked to intensification of agricultural activities on the one hand, and the abandonment of farming on the ...

In its mid-term review of the Biodiversity strategy, the European Commission identified a continuing decline in the species and habitats associated with agriculture. It concluded that the strategy was not fulfilling expectations with regard to the contribution of agriculture and forestry to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. Numerous studies show that agricultural biodiversity loss is linked to intensification of agricultural activities on the one hand, and the abandonment of farming on the other hand. Intensification is generally associated with high yields, but also with significant changes in the natural environment. Abandonment generally implies the loss of cultivated landscapes and corresponding habitats. There are essentially two different models of how to reconcile biodiversity and agricultural activities: the land-sharing model based on more extensive farming, and the land-sparing model based on further intensification of farming. The reformed Common Agricultural Policy offers various instruments aimed at supporting biodiversity while guaranteeing a decent living for farmers. Conservationists consider the reforms to be lagging behind expectations, whereas farmers fear a loss of income through lower yields. The European Parliament has expressed concern regarding biodiversity loss and has called on the Commission to assess the effectiveness of the measures taken so far.

Producer organisations in the EU fruit and vegetable sector

29-06-2015

The contribution of producer organisations (POs) in the fruit and vegetable sector (F&V) is highlighted in various pieces of EU legislation. The 2007 reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) brought a new range of tools aimed at strengthening their role in the F&V sector. For the first time, POs could receive EU support in the form of a contribution to finance their operational programmes. EU financial assistance to POs is limited to 50% of the total operational fund, but in specific cases ...

The contribution of producer organisations (POs) in the fruit and vegetable sector (F&V) is highlighted in various pieces of EU legislation. The 2007 reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) brought a new range of tools aimed at strengthening their role in the F&V sector. For the first time, POs could receive EU support in the form of a contribution to finance their operational programmes. EU financial assistance to POs is limited to 50% of the total operational fund, but in specific cases it may be increased at 60%. Member States had to establish national strategies for sustainable operational programmes, in which the role of POs is further underlined. The EP is due to adopt a report in plenary, which aims to encourage the Commission to present a legislative proposal aimed at the revision of the aid scheme for the F&V sector.

2014 CAP transitional measures

14-11-2013

In October 2011, the European Commission presented a set of proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The time needed to complete the complex negotiations on the future CAP, as well as on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-20, has made it necessary to enact transitional measures for some elements of the policy.

In October 2011, the European Commission presented a set of proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The time needed to complete the complex negotiations on the future CAP, as well as on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-20, has made it necessary to enact transitional measures for some elements of the policy.

How to Improve the Sustainable Competitiveness and Innovation of the EU Agricultural Sector

15-05-2012

This study reviews the extent to which the current CAP and related EU policies promote sustainable competitiveness and innovation in agriculture, and assesses the current legislative proposals for CAP reform. It finds that the current policy does not realise its potential and that, although the reform package represents an improvement, particularly in its proposals for Pillar 2, more could usefully be done. Recommendations are made to strengthen the balance of the package and improve proposals for ...

This study reviews the extent to which the current CAP and related EU policies promote sustainable competitiveness and innovation in agriculture, and assesses the current legislative proposals for CAP reform. It finds that the current policy does not realise its potential and that, although the reform package represents an improvement, particularly in its proposals for Pillar 2, more could usefully be done. Recommendations are made to strengthen the balance of the package and improve proposals for each pillar of the CAP. Key ingredients include better advice, knowledge transfer, more use of locally tailored, strategically planned measure-packages, fuller sustainability-proofing and new incentives for innovation.

Ārējais autors

Janet Dwyer, Brian Ilbery and Katarina Kubinakova (CCRI) , Allan Buckwell, Henrietta Menadue and Kaley Hart (IEEP) , Karlheinz Knickel (FS-UNEP CC) , Francesco Mantino (INEA) , Emil Erjavec (Univeristy of Ljublana)

Environmental Public Goods in the New CAP : Impact of Greening Proposals and Possible Alternatives

15-03-2012

This note discusses the greening component of direct payments in the Commission’s legislative proposals of October 2011 for the Common Agricultural Policy in the period after 2014. Based on an analysis of their likely consequences it puts forward a range of options for the consideration of MEPs for how these proposals might be amended to improve their environmental impact, to reduce their administrative complexity and to improve their cost-effectiveness, including possible alternatives.

This note discusses the greening component of direct payments in the Commission’s legislative proposals of October 2011 for the Common Agricultural Policy in the period after 2014. Based on an analysis of their likely consequences it puts forward a range of options for the consideration of MEPs for how these proposals might be amended to improve their environmental impact, to reduce their administrative complexity and to improve their cost-effectiveness, including possible alternatives.

Ārējais autors

Alan Matthews (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

The CAP towards 2020: Working Paper on the EC Communication of 18 November 2010

15-11-2010

This paper is written by Policy Department B for the Working Group on Common Agricultural Policy Reform, as agreed by the COMAGRI Coordinators on 27 October 2010. The purpose of this document is to facilitate the legislative work of the MEPs relating to the next reform of the CAP. It analyses the Commission’s Communication of 18 November 2010 on the basis of the European Parliament (EP) Resolution of 8 July 2010 and offers some suggested questions in order to help the EP with its response to the ...

This paper is written by Policy Department B for the Working Group on Common Agricultural Policy Reform, as agreed by the COMAGRI Coordinators on 27 October 2010. The purpose of this document is to facilitate the legislative work of the MEPs relating to the next reform of the CAP. It analyses the Commission’s Communication of 18 November 2010 on the basis of the European Parliament (EP) Resolution of 8 July 2010 and offers some suggested questions in order to help the EP with its response to the Commission’s proposals.