Every month, we create an extensive database comprising all the relevant information to the work of the AGRI Committee members. You can find here recent key documents, research and think tank papers, news, legislation initiatives, and events on AGRI topics.

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*Compiled by the AGRI sector of the Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies (Albert MASSOT MARTI)
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1. KEY DOCUMENTS

EC: President von der Leyen’s State of the Union Address: charting the course out of the coronavirus crisis and into the future, 16 September 2020 Main Highlights FR version

EC: EU agricultural markets short-term outlook, Report, Edition Nº 28, Autumn 2020

EC: 2021 Commission Work programme – From strategy to delivery, 19 October 2020

FR Version – Programme de travail de la Commission pour 2021 – de la stratégie à la mise en œuvre https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/fr/ip_20_1940

EC: CAP Indicators update

EC: Monitoring EU agri-food trade: Development January – June 2020, October 2020.

EC: Advancing the EU social market economy: adequate minimum wages for workers across Member States, 28 October 2020.

EC: Public consultation on ‘Deforestation and forest degradation – reducing the impact of products placed on the EU market’, 3 September – 10 December 2020.

OECD – FAO: OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2020-2029, 16 July 2020.

FAO: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2020, September 2020.

            FAO Food Price Index, 5 November 2020.

FAO – AMIS: AMIS Market Monitor No 83, November 2020.

International Grains Council: IGC Grains and Oilseeds Index

Tradeleaks.org: EU – MERCOSUR Association Agreement Leaks, 8 October 2020.

Greenpeace: EU-Mercosur: leaked treaty has no climate protection, undermines democracy, 9 October 2020.

Eur Activ: Leaked EU-Mercosur trade deal lacks teeth on climate, activists say, 9 October 2020

Council: Gender and migration, 9 October 2020.

Council: Draft Council Conclusions on “Improving the working and living conditions of seasonal and other mobile workers”, 29 September 2020.

European Court of Justice (ECJ): Judgement of Case C-485/18 of 1 October 2020  – French milk labelling decreeExistence of a proven link between one or several qualities of the foods concerned and their origin or provenance, 1 0ctober 2020.

2. DOSSIERS

2.1. LATEST CAP REFORM AND FINANCIAL DECISIONS

CAP REFORM (OCTOBER 2020)

Council: Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 19-20 October 2020 – Main results, 21 October 2020.

Council agrees its position on the next EU common agricultural policy, Press release, 21 October 2020.

EU ministers reach agreement on the reform of the CAP post 2020, Press release, 21 October 2020.

European Parliament: Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 23 October 2020 on the proposal for a regulation establishing rules on CAP Strategic Plans (COM(2018)392), P_9 TA(2020)0287.

Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 23 October 2020 on the proposal for a regulation on the financing, management and monitoring of the CAP (HZR – COM(2018)393), P_9 TA(2020)0288.

Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 23 October 2020 on the proposal for a regulation amending the CMO and other market measures (COM(2018)394),  P_9 TA(2020)0289.

FINANCIAL NEGOCIATIONS (OCTOBER /NOVEMBER)

Council: COVID-19: Council agrees its position on the Recovery and Resilience Facility, 9 October 2020.

Council presidency reaches political agreement with the European Parliament, 10 November 2020.

Press release – Next multiannual financial framework and recovery package: Council presidency reaches political agreement with the European Parliament, 10 November 2020.

European Parliament: News – EP long-term budget negotiators interrupt talks until Council presents new offer, 8 October 2020.

News – Compromise on long-term EU budget: EP obtains €16 billion more for key programmes, 10 November 2020.

News – Long-term EU budget and Own Resources: statements by Parliament’s negotiators, 10 November 2020.

News – EP Group leaders endorse EU long-term budget and own resources agreement, 11 November 2020.

2.2. EC & EP RECENT DOCUMENTS SUPPORTING CAP REFORM PROCESS

EC: Commission Staff Working Document – Evaluation of Marketing Standards contained in the CMO Regulation, the “Breakfast Directives” and CMO secondary legislation, 20 October 2020.

                Evaluation of Marketing Standards contained in the CMO Regulation, the “Breakfast Directives” and CMO secondary legislation, Final Report, 8 April 2020.

 EP – PD B: Research for AGRI Committee – The upcoming Commission’s Communication on the long-term vision of rural areas, Internal In-Depth Analysis, 30 September 2020.

EP – EPRS: CAP Strategic Plans, At a Glance, 14 October 2020.

CAP amending regulation (CMO), At a Glance, 14 October 2020.

Financial management of the future CAP, At a Glance, 14 October 2020.

Transitional provisions for the CAP post 2020, Briefing, 1 October 2020.

2.3. THINK TANKS AND STAKEHOLDERS’ REACTIONS TO CAP’S DECISIONS

CAP reform: CAP decisions make slow progress towards the green transition: I Definitions (A Matthews), 21 October 2020.

          Commission publishes Member State envelopes for direct payments and rural development 2021-2027, (A. Matthews), 9 October 2020.

The European Commission must not greenwash the Common Agricultural Policy, 9 July 2020.

IEEP: Preliminary IEEP assessment of AGRIFISH Council and European Parliament’s positions on the future of CAP, 23 October 2020.

                 COPA – COGECA: Press release – The CAP proposal is not a green-washing exercise, 23 October 2020.

                                Statement on the future of CAP, 21 October 2020.

Bird Life: Press release: European Parliament wants to kill off nature for good, 22 October 2020.

BirdLife and other organisations: Open letter to President von der Leyen: Withdraw the CAP, 30 October 2020.

WWF: EU Parliament and Council ignore the Green deal and plough on with an outdated CAP, 21 October 2020.

Friends of the Earth Europe: CAP decisions will make Green Deal goals impossible, 23 October 2020.

Arc 2020: Parliament Plenary Surgically Removes Green Deal from CAP, 21 October 2020.

                                CAP Reform | No Change of System Apparent, 28 October 2020.

                Withdraw the CAP to Safeguard European Green Deal – 27 Organisations, 3 November 2020.

Greenpeace: Withdraw CAP proposal to save EU green deal, NGOs tell Commission president, 30 October 2020.

Farm Europe: CAP: European Parliament votes in favour of a triple-performance agricultural policy, 21 October 2020.

CAP Budget 2021-2027 : In response to the crisis, meet more challenges with less budget, 21 July 2020.

 Eur Activ: CAP reform

CAP week: post-2020 farming subsidies programme at a crossroads, 20 October 2020.

Headwinds in the Bundestag for Klöckner’s CAP compromise, 22 October 2020.

(FR) Budget de l’UE. Les députés européens stoppent les négociations et demandent une forte augmentation, 9 octobre 2020.

(FR) La transition verte de la PAC divise les politiques français, 21 octobre 2020.

 Politico: 20-21 October Agriculture Council

Agriculture Stratégies (FR): Négociations de la future PAC : où en est-on ?, Octobre 2020.

Chambres d’Agriculture (FR): Budget européen 2021-2027 : Cadre Financier Pluriannuel (CFP) et Plan de relance, Note d’analyse et Fiches, 24 juillet 2020.

Pour une autre PAC (FR): Que penser du vote de la PAC par le Parlement européen ? 1/3, 27 octobre 2020.

                                La PAC votée par le Parlement européen est-elle verte 2/3, 27 octobre 2020.

                                Vote au Parlement européen: une PAC verte ne veut pas dire durable, 3/3, 27 octobre 2020.

Confédération Paysanne (FR): Conseil européen : une PAC ni plus verte ni plus juste !, 21 octobre 2020.

Le Figaro (FR): Agriculture : les États d’accord sur une PAC plus verte, 21 octobre 2020.

Benoît Biteau: «Cette Pac est pire que la précédente pour le climat, la biodiversité et les agriculteurs», 21 octobre 2020.

Eric Andrieu (PE) (FR): Pour une meilleure gestion européenne des crises agricoles : Feu vert du Parlement européen, 23 octobre 2020.

Linked In (FR): Pascal Canfin: J’ai voté en faveur de la réforme de la PAC car c’est un bon compromis qui apporte un réel changement, 23 octobre 2020.

Ouest-France (FR): Un accord trouvé pour « verdir » la prochaine PAC,  21 octobre 2020.

Agri-Mutuel (FR): Les eurodéputés adoptent la nouvelle politique agricole commune, 23 octobre 2020.

France TV (FR): Union européenne : accord sur la nouvelle Politique agricole commune, plus exigeante en matière d’environnement, 21 octobre 2020.

Banque des Territoires (FR): Nouvelle PAC : place aux négociations Conseil – Parlement – Commission, 27 Octobre 2020

Renaissance (FR): Cette PAC est plus verte et répond aux besoins des agriculteurs, 24 octobre 2020.

Terre des Vins (FR): PAC et droits de plantation : Entretien avec Irène Tolleret, Eurodéputée, 30 octobre 2020

Végétable (FR): Les positions du Conseil et du Parlement européens sur la future PAC (T. García Azcárate), 27 octobre 2020.

2.4. OTHER DOCUMENTS

Journal of Agricultural Economics: Budgetary Impacts of Adding Agricultural Risk Management Programmes to the CAP, August 2020.

Global Food Security: The drivers of change for the contribution of small farms to regional food security in Europe, September 2020.

Arc 2020: Working Document on “A Vision and Strategy for Rural Europe – Now, 6 July 2020.

Sénat FR: Agriculture et droit de la concurrence : redonner aux agriculteurs français un pouvoir de marché, Rapport d’information, Juillet 2020.

Terre-net (FR): Pourquoi la légitimité des aides directes est-elle souvent remise en cause?, 4 novembre 2020.

Fondation Robert Schuman (FR): Cadre financier pluriannuel 2021-2027, quels avancées?, Policy Paper, 26 octobre 2020.

2.1. OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

EC: Inception impact assessment on Land use, land use change & forestry – review of EU rules, 29 October 2020

EC –  JRC: Forest Fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa 2019, 30 October 2020

                Press release – Forest fires threaten Europe’s nature as world suffers worst year of record, 30 October 2020.

EC – JRC: Atlas of Global Surface Water Dynamics, 22 October 2020

EC –JRC: Commission launches ‘Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity‘, 21 October 2020.

EC: European Commission seeks feedback on the CAP’s impact on natural resources, 9 July 2020.

EC: Comparing the yields of organic and conventional agriculture, 8 November 2018 / Nature: 25 April 2012

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

EP: The role of fiscal rules in relation with the green economy, External Study, September 2020

EP: Research for the AGRI Committee- The Farm to Fork Strategy implications for agriculture and the CAP, Internal In-Depth Analysis, 15 May 2020

EP: Documenting climate mainstreaming in the EU budget – making the system more transparent, stringent and comprehensive, IEEP study, 16 July 2020

EP: In-Depth Analysis – Information package for the Committee of Inquiry on the protection of animals during transport (ANIT), 27 October 2020.

EP – EPRS: EU agricultural policy and health: Some historical and contemporary issues, In-Depth Analysis, 23 October 2020

EP-EPRS: European forest strategy – the way forward, At a Glance, 30 September 2020.

EP – EPRS: European Union food system, Briefing, 19 September 2020

EP – EPRS: Farm to Fork Strategy: Striving for healthy and sustainable food, At a Glance, 17 June 2020.

OTHER EU INSTITUTIONS, AGENCIES AND BODIES

Council: Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), Bulgaria and Romania on the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in the light of the European Green Deal, the “Farm to Fork” and “Biodiversity” Strategies and the COVID19 pandemic, 14 July 2020.

ECA: Tracking climate spending in the EU budget, Review 01, November 2020

EFSA: Welfare of cattle at slaughter, 3 November 2020

European Committee of Regions: 6th Meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Territorial Development of ARLEM – Draft report on Agriculture & food security in the context of climate change in the Mediterranean’, 29 October 2020.

European Environment Agency (EEA): Management Effectiveness in the EU’s Nature 2000 network of protected areas, Briefing, 6 October 2020.

2.2. INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS

World Bank Group: Revising Public Agricultural Support to Mitigate Climate Change, Working Paper, 4 May 2020

FAO: FAO report on food and agriculture indicators underscores lack of progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, 15 September 2020

FAO: Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators 2020. A report on the indicators under FAO custodianship, September 2020.

WTO: Future resilience to diseases of animal origin: the role of trade, 3 November 2020

IUCN: Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture, IUCN Report, 2020.

2.3. OTHER DOCUMENTS

IEEP: Aligning the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy with the European Green Deal, 30 September 2020.

                                Climate tracking in the EU budget needs a more robust system, 22 July 2020.

EEB, BirdLife Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM, Slow Food, WWF & other. Open letter to EU leaders calling for full alignment of the reformed CAP with the Green Deal, 30 September 2020.

The Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection (WBAE) of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL):  Developing an integrated food policy and creating fair food environments, Press Release, 21 August 2020.

CAP reform blog: Agriculture in the European Green Deal: From Ambition to Action (A Matthews), 21 October 2020.

                Commission’s 2030 Climate Target Plan proposes radical changes in the rules governing agricultural and land GHG emissions, 28 October 2020 (

BEUC: One bite at a time: consumers and the transition to sustainable food, June 2020

                Eur Activ: Majority of consumers have no beef with meat names for veggie products, says study, 20 October 2020

 Science of the Total Environment: Environmental and nutritional impacts of dietary changes in Spain during the COVID-19 lockdown, 15 December 2020.

CGIAR – IFPRI: Modelling the Impacts of Agricultural Support Policies on Emissions from Agriculture, April 2020.

Journal of Rural Studies: Exploring emergent practices in Alternative Food Networks: Voedselteams in Belgium, 31 October 2020.

 FFA: CAP reform, the Farm to Fork Strategy and farm economics – Podcast interview with Tassos Haniotis (EC), 26 October 2020

Agricultural and Food Economics: The new CAP must be linked more closely to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (A. Matthews), 3 August 2020.

Sustainability: Stakeholder Perceptions of Policy Tools in Support of Sustainable Food Consumption in Europe: Policy Implications, 25 August 2020

European Scientist: The EU’s Farm-2-Fork and Green Deal: Are They More than Happy Talk, 24 September 2020

Social Europe: The EU must overhaul its farming policy to save the Green Deal, 29 September 2020

Thomson Reuters Foundation: EU net-zero aim ‘in tatters’ as lawmakers fail to shift farm rules, critics charge, 23 October 2020.

Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy: Coupled Agricultural Subsidies in the EU Undermine Climate Efforts, 8 October 2020.

                                EU Regulation of New Plant Breeding Technologies and Their Possible Economic Implications for the EU and Beyond, 28 September 2020.

Water: Unpacking Water Governance: A Framework for Practitioners, 15 March 2020.

International Journal of Water Resources Development: The spatial component of integrative water resources management: differentiating integration of land and water governance, March 2019.

Advances in Agronomy: Making science more effective for agriculture, Vol. 163, 2020.

 Nature: Europe’s Green Deal offshores environmental damage to other nations. Importing millions of tonnes of crops and meat each year undercuts farming standards in the European Union and destroys tropical forests, 26 October 2020.

USDA – ERS: Economic and Food Security Impacts of Agricultural Input Reduction Under the European Union Green Deal’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, Economic Brief, November 2020.

Organic agriculture, 14 August 2020.

IFOAM: Comparisons between Organic and Conventional Agriculture, 19 March 2020.

Global Organic Area continues to growth, 10 February 2020.

Our World in Data: Is organic really better for the environment than conventional agriculture?, 19 December 2017.

The Conversation: New research: nitrous oxide emissions 300 times more powerful than CO₂ are jeopardising Earth’s future, 7 October 2020.

Food Drink Europe: EU Farm to Fork Strategy – reaction paper, 29 May 2020.

Euro Choices: National Food Consumption Patterns: Converging Trends and the Implications for Health, 17 August 2020.

CEJA: Farm to Fork: a reality check by European Young Farmers, 14 July 2020.

EU Observer: Europe has forgotten the ‘farm’ in ‘Farm to Fork’, 5 October 2020.

Farm Europe: Will old remedies rebalance a longstanding EU feed protein deficit?, Briefing, 24 September 2020.

Eur Activ: Farm to Fork: In search of a solution-oriented approach, 6 July 2020.

                EU farmers boss: Farm to Fork to be revised, if negative impact was proved, 25 September 2020.

EU Parliament votes for 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030, 7 October 2020.

EU food origin labels should be placed on the cards, stakeholders say, 26 October 2020.

Commission to consider halting export of banned pesticides, EU source says, 27 October 2020.

Agrifood Brief: Brussels revives hunger for (sustainable) vegemite, 9 November 2020.

Euro News: On a mission to save our soils – the EU’s plan to rebuild the land, 22 September 2020.

Politico: Brussels struggles to marry green goals with farm reform, 9 August 2020.

France Stratégie (FR): Les performances économiques et environnementales de l’agroécologie, Note d’Analyse, 6 aout 2020.

                Eur Activ: Ecological farming can be more profitable than conventional, says new report, 1 September 2020 (FR version) Agroécologie, la clé vers une agriculture plus verte?

Atlantico (FR): Un rapport officiel allemand souligne que l’agriculture biologique n’est absolument pas plus durable que l’agriculture conventionnelle (L. Gueguen), 26 Septembre 2020. See: BFR site (DE)

Ouest-France (FR): Est-il possible de nourrir l’Europe en ayant uniquement recours à l’agroécologie?, 22 octobre 2020.

                L’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire restreint les usages agricoles du glyphosate, 9 octobre 2010.

Agriculture et Environnement (FR): Imbroglio autour de la mutagenèse, 5 octobre 2020.

2.1. COVID-19 IMPACTS: GLOBAL ANALYSIS

OECD: Tackling Coronavirus (COVID-19)

                                OECD Economic Outlook June 2020 –The World Economy on a tightrope, Interim report September 2020.

International Monetary Fund (IFM): The IFM and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

World Health Organization (WHO): WHO COVID-19 Dashboard

WTO: COVID-19 and world trade

The World Bank: The World Bank Group’s Response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

International Labour Organization (ILO): COVID-19 and the world of work

EU Observer: Major regional discrepancies in Covid-19 response, report finds, 12 October 2020

The Economist: Special Report on the Coronavirus Pandemic – The Peril and the Promise, 8 October 2020

Ecoscope: Shocks, risks and global value chains in a COVID-19 world, 25 August 2020.

EP – EPRS: Towards a more resilient Europe post-coronavirus. An initial mapping of structural risks facing the EU, July 2020.

Reuters: U.N. food agency WFP hails Peace Nobel as call to action against hunger, 9 October 2020

2.2. COVID-19 IMPACTS ON AGRI-FOOD CHAINS (RECENT DOCUMENTS)

FAO: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Big Data tool on COVID-19 impact on food value chains

Impact of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods, their health and our food systems, ILO, FAO, IFAD and WHO Statement October 2020.

Science of the Total Environment: Unlocking challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19 pandemic for cross-cutting disruption in agri-food and green deal innovations: Quo Vadis, December 2020.

                                Food waste management during the COVID-19 outbreak: a holistic climate, economic and nutritional approach, 10 November 2020.

 Science Journal: COVID-19 risks to global food security, 31 July 2020.

Kantar: COVID-19 impact on out-of-home food & drinks, and the road to recovery, Report, November 2020.

Choices Magazine: Theme Overview: COVID-19 and the Agriculture Industry: Labor, Supply Chains, and Consumer Behavior, November 2020.

RISE Foundation: A Green Recovery for EU Agriculture (Potocnik Statement), 12 October 2020.

CAST: Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets, June 2020.

Euro Choices: Covid‐19 will Change the Agri‐food System – but how?, 8 October 2020.

Potential macroeconomic impact of the Covid‐19 pandemic on food demand, 4 August 2020.

IFPRI: Book launch: COVID-19 and global food security – what have we learned so far?, 17 August 2020.

European Milk Board (EMB): Flexible market oriented management in times of crises for the lasting stability of sustainable milk production throughout Europe, EMB position – The Market Responsibility Programme

JRC Survey: Work in food or agriculture? We want to hear how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting your business, July 2020.

3. EVENTS

With acknowledgements to IEG Policy, Politico, CAP Reform.eu, Euractiv, Centre d ‘études et de prospective, Illinois.edu, FranceAgriMer and Tomás Garcia Azcárate (EAGRA)


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