Volume 2, Issue 1, December 2017
The text of 26 pages kicks off the multi-stage process by which the 27 EU’s Institutions eventually have to agree on the legislative acts determining the CAP after 2020. The Communication will be followed in the spring by an impact assessment and respective legislative proposals giving effect to the new plans, which would then be tabled in the second half of 2018.
The original purpose of the Communication is to:
- present the main EU agricultural challenges highlighted in the public consultation of February – May 2017;
- highlight the contribution of the agriculture sector to the ten Commission’s priorities) and to the Sustainable Development Goals in synergy with other EU policies;
- specify policy priorities for the future CAP enhancing its EU added value;
- explore operational avenues on the CAP after 2020; and
- build a simpler CAP and improve governance by better reflecting the diversity existing within EU agriculture, increasing subsidiarity for Member States, limiting the EU administrative burden for the beneficiaries and strengthening the focus on results.
@PolicyAGRI is preparing a study on #FutureofCAP for delivery in May/June 2018. This study should help inform Members of the European Parliament of different options and tools that the European Commission (EC) has proposed in its Communication on ‘Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy’ of 29 November 2017. It should provide an overview of the state-of-art of the present CAP, discuss the main drivers and challenges of the next CAP reform post 2020, place the EC Communication of 29 November 2017 in the context of the current strategic debates on the future of the CAP, compare the Commission’s options to the most relevant contributions on the future of the CAP already published, and evaluate the tools proposed by the EC Communication to deal the future challenges of the EU agriculture. The details of the research contract are here: bit.ly/2hHSr00
The resources listed below have been selected by @PolicyAGRI in preparation for this project.
Selected Council Documents & Member States Contributions on the CAP after 2020
Dutch Presidency (First Semester 2016)
- ‘Food of the Future – The Future of the Food’, Discussion paper of the Netherlands Presidency, Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 24-25 May 2016
- A reformed CAP for competitive, sustainable and resilient agriculture’, French Government contribution to the informal Council of 29/31 May 2016.
- Conclusions of agricultural Ministers gathered at Chambord at the invitation of the French Agriculture Minister, 2 September 2016
Slovak Presidency (Second Half of 2016)
- ‘Strengthening of the farmers’ position in the food supply chain’, Presidency discussion paper, Informal meeting of 13 September 2016.
- ‘Future of the Common Agricultural Policy’, Presidency discussion paper prepared for the AGRIFISH Council of 14-15 November 2016.
Maltese Presidency (First Half of 2017)
- CAP post 2020 – Orientation paper prepared by the Maltese Presidency, 28 February 2017.
- ‘Non-paper’ on ‘Better functioning of the Food Supply Chain: addressing unfair trade practices (UTPs) and improving the position of farmers’ (supported by Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia), 1st March 2017.
- ‘Non-paper‘ on ‘voluntary coupled support‘ (information from the Bulgarian, Croatian, Cyprus, Czech, Finnish, French, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Romanian and Slovenian delegations), 1st March 2017.
- Debate on the CAP post 2020: Main results (AGRIFISH Council of 6 March 2017)
- Water resources & Climate Change, Informal meeting of Agriculture Ministers, 23 May 2017, Malta. Conclusions on water, climate change and agriculture interactions.
- Conclusions of the meeting of the Ministers of the Visegrad Group extended by Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia of 2 June 2017.
Estonian Presidency (Second Half of 2017)
- The Estonian Presidency Programme for the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
- ‘Non-paper’ of the Spanish Delegation on ‘the agricultural sector and CAP in the Commission’s reflection paper on the future of EU finances’, 12 July.
- Joint declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group and some Baltic States on the prospects for the EU Common Agricultural Policy after 2020, 18 July 2017.
- ‘Risk management: Empowering our farmers with effective tools to manage risks post 2020’, Presidency discussion paper prepared for the informal meeting of the AGRIFISH Council of 3-5 September 2017, Tallinn.
- AGRIFISH Presidency paper on ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals and implications for EU agricultural policy’, 25 September 2017.
- Conference on ‘Soil for sustainable food production and ecosystem services.’ AGRIFISH Council of 4-6 October 2017, Tallinn.
Bulgarian Presidency (First Half of 2018)
Austrian Presidency (Second Half of 2018)
- 18-month programme of the Council (1st July 2017 – 31 December 2018) prepared by the Estonian Presidency (2017) and the future Bulgarian and Austrian Presidencies (2018)
Bibliography of Proposals for the CAP post 2020
(Academic, think tank and NGO references listed in alphabetical order)
Selected research documents
- Académie d’agriculture de France (2017): Quelle PAC pour quelle Agriculture?, Mars 2017.
- Baldock, D. & Mottershead, D. (2017). Towards sustainability: Future policies for European livestock, IEEP Report, February 2017.
- Bertelsmann Stiftung (2017). The Common Agricultural Policy and the Next EU Budget, Reflection Paper No. 1 &Reflection Paper No. 2.
- Boulanger, P., Dudu, H., Ferrari, E., M’Barek, R., & Philippidis, G. (2017). 2030 European agricultural policy: A new CAP at a crossroad between market competitiveness and sustainability, Conference Paper, Purdue University.
- Buckwell, A. (2015). ‘Where should the CAP go post-2020?’ in Swinnen, J. (ed), The Political Economy of the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy: An Imperfect Storm, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), August 2015.
- Castañeda Vera, A. & Garrido, A. (2017). ‘Evaluation of risk management tools for stabilising farm income under CAP 2014-2020’ in Agricultural and Resources Economic Journal: Issue 17(1) 2017.
- Dax, T. & Copus, A. (2016). ‘The future of rural development’, in Research for AGRI Committee – CAP Reform post-2020 – Challenges in Agriculture, European Parliament, October 2016.
- European Environment Agency (EEA) (2017). Food in a green light – A systems approach to sustainable food, October 2017.
- Falkenberg K. (2016). Sustainability Now! A European Vision for Sustainability, European Political Strategy Centre, EPSC Strategic Notes Issue 18, July 2016.
- Fresco, L. & Poppe; K. (2016). Towards a Common Agricultural and Food Policy, Wageningen University & Research, September 2016.
- Greer, A. (2017). ‘Post-exceptional politics in agriculture: an examination of the 2013 CAP reform’ in Daugbjerg, C. (ed.) Post-exceptionalism in public policy: transforming food and agricultural policy, Journal of European Public Policy, Volume 24, issue 11, June 2017.
- Hart, K., Buckwell, A. & Baldock, D. (2016). Learning the lessons of the Greening of the CAP, London, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), April 2016.
- Mahé, L.-P. & Bureau, J.C. (2016). ‘The future of market measures and risk management schemes’, in Research for AGRI Committee – CAP Reform post-2020 – Challenges in Agriculture, European Parliament, October 2016.
- Matthews, A. (2016). ‘The future of direct payments’ in Research for AGRI Committee – CAP Reform post-2020 – Challenges in Agriculture, European Parliament, October 2016.
- Matthews, A. (2017a). Does capping direct payments make sense?, CAPreform.eu, April 2017.
- Matthews, A. (2017b). The budgetary context for the CAP after 2020, CAPreform.eu, September 2017.
- Matthews, A. (2017c). The challenges of new CAP: doing more with less, Agri Regioni Europa 13, No 50, September 2017.
- OECD (2017). Evaluation of Agricultural Policy Reforms in the European Union – The CAP 2014 / 2020, July 2017.
NGO and other economic / political / environmental stakeholders’ references
- Assemblée Nationale (2017): L’avenir de la PAC après 2020, Information report including a motion for an European resolution, February 2017.
- Bird Life (2017). Towards a New European Food and Land-Use Policy, CAP position paper, October 2017.
- CEMA (European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association) (2015). Towards a New Strategic Agenda for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2020, February 2015.
- COPA-COGECA (2017). The future PAC post 2020, Position paper, May 2017l
- European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Bird Life Europe (2016). UNCAP the Truth: Spotlight on EU Farm Policy, May 2016.
- European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Bird Life Europe (2017). Who will fix the broken CAP?, Conference report, July 2017.
- European Environmental Bureau (EEB) (2017). The future of the CAP, EEB position paper, September 2017.
- European People’s Party (EEP) (2017). EPP views on the common agricultural policy: for a strong, sustainable and innovative EU agriculture, September 2017.
- European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) (2017). A possible reshaping of the CAP, May 2017.
- Farm Europe (2017a). A new ambition for EU agri-food systems, Final report of the 2016 Global Food Forum, Brussels.
- Farm Europe (2017b). A critical perspective on the reflection paper on the future finances of the EU, Brussels, September 2017.
- IFOAM EU Group (2017). A CAP for healthy farms, healthy people, healthy planet: Public money must deliver public goods, January 2017.
- IPES (2016). Why we need a common food policy for the EU, An Open Letter to Mr Jean–Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, April 2016.
- NABU: Is the CAP fit for purpose?, November 2017.
- NGOs Common Statement (2017). Statement by over 150 NGOs calling for CAP transformation: Good Food Good Farming – Now!, March 2017.
- RISE Foundation (2017). CAP: Thinking out of the box. Further modernisation of the CAP: why, what and how? , April 2017.
Selected Inputs from the European Commission Preparing the next CAP Reform
(in chronological order – 2017 & 2016)
- Fact Sheet: Simplification, November 2017.
- Fact Sheet: Agriculture and the CAP in the EU, November 2017.
- Fact Sheet: Support to farmers, November 2017.
- Fact Sheet: CAP and the environment, November 2017.
- Fact Sheet: Agriculture 2.0, November 2017.
- Tassos Haniotis – Could Climate Change be the Catalyst for Farm Policy Reform?, LinkedIn, November 2017.
- Tassos Haniotis – The CAP, its Challenges and the Role of Research and Innovation, LinkedIn, October 2017.
- Assessing potential coupling factors of European decoupled payments with the Modular Agricultural General Equilibrium Tool (MAGNET), JRC Technical Report, 2017.
- Bioeconomy report 2016, JRC Report, 2017.
- Young farmers in the EU – structural and economic characteristics – Farm Economic Brief No 15, October 2017.
- Future of CAP: Protecting our traditions, 30 October 2017.
- Future of CAP: Monitoring from outer space, 18 October 2017.
- Future of CAP: Feeding the world, 16 October 2017.
- Future of CAP: Where are all the women?, 15 October 2017.
- Future of CAP: Who’ll provide our food?, 13 October 2017.
- Future of CAP: Robots in the field?, 11 October 2017.
- Tassos Haniotis presentation – CAP Challenges & Dilemmas: pertinent policy questions, EAAE 2017 Congress, September 2017
- Risk management schemes in EU agriculture. Dealing with risk and volatility, EU Agricultural Markets Brief, No 12 September 2017.
- The CAP: Have your say, Conference of 7 July 2017. Presentations:
- Haniotis, Did you know that…? : economic and environmental dimensions.
- Haniotis – Did you know that…? : societal dimensions
- Thoyer – Best practices addressing environment and climate change
- Juvancic – Risk management
- Mathijs – Food and related issues
- Matthews – Socioeconomic issues
- Agri-environment schemes: impacts on the agricultural environment, Science for Environment Policy, Thematic Issue 57, June 2017.
- Evaluation of the instruments applicable to State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas, April 2017.
- Annual activity report 2016 – Agriculture & Rural Development, April 2017.
- Managing risk in the dairy sector: how futures markets could help, EU Agricultural Markets Brief, No 11, March 2017.
- Evaluation of the impact of the CAP measures towards the general objective “viable food production“, February 2017.
- Evaluation study on the implementation of the EIP, November 2016.
- New entrants into farming: lessons to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, EIP AGRI Focus Group, Final Report, May 2016.
- Delivering on EU Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050. Future challenges and policy preparedness. JRC Report, 2016.