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Common Agricultural Policy

EU agri-policy diary (Sept 25-29): 4th round of Brexit talks and CAP performance report

Ongoing talks on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, how well the CAP is performing in response to various crises in the agri-food supply chain and the authorisation for import of genetically modified crops are all on the agenda in a busy week in Brussels.

European Agricultural Policy CAP Farm Policy & Programs

Direct Subsidies

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Omnibus regulation finally agreed by the three EU institutions

Under the auspices of the Estonian Council Presidency, member states and the Parliament reached a preliminary agreement on the so-called Omnibus regulation, a set of financial rules governing the use of the EU budget, including in the field of agriculture. 
Farm Policy & Programs European Agricultural Policy

EU agri-policy diary (Oct 16-20): SCA considers Omnibus deal and EU Council hears state of play of Brexit talks

On Monday (October 16), the Council’s Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) will discuss the preliminary agreement reached this week (October 12) between member states and the European Parliament on the simplification and upgrade of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the so-called Omnibus regulation. 

European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Advance payment flexibility for five more countries affected by bad weather

The European Commission has decided to allow five additional member states to increase advance CAP payments to EU farmers who have suffered from adverse weather conditions this year. 

European Agricultural Policy CAP

France commits to basing food pricing on farmers' production costs

French President Emmunuel Macron has committed to effectively reversing the country’s food chain pricing structure so that it starts with what farmers need to cover their production costs and then moves forward to the retail point. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Post-Brexit farm support policy crucial to UK farm profitability, says new report

Changes to the UK’s agricultural support payment system post-Brexit are likely to have a more profound impact on the financial health of the UK agriculture industry than changes to the country’s external trade regime, according to an important new study published today (October 11).

European Agricultural Policy Brexit

Podcast: Post-quotas, what does the future hold for the EU’s sugar sector?

EU sugar production quotas, which have limited output in the bloc since 1968, were finally abolished at the start of October 2017. So does this mean the EU will now re-establish itself as a major global exporter of the sweetener?

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Rural Development

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Advance payment flexibility for five more countries affected by bad weather

The European Commission has decided to allow five additional member states to increase advance CAP payments to EU farmers who have suffered from adverse weather conditions this year. 

European Agricultural Policy CAP

CAP trilogue talks move on, leaving 'bargaining organisations' out of the picture

The Estonian Presidency has revealed that the European Parliament withdrew all changes related to bargaining organisations within the CAP Omnibus trilogue talks earlier this week. 

European Agricultural Policy CAP

Commission to push measures to restore semi-natural habitats in CAP review

The European Commission should include measures to restore semi-natural habitats in agricultural landscapes within the revised Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), a new report has recommended. 

European Agricultural Policy Environment and Conservation

Plewa defends 2016 CAP performance report figures to MEPs

The head of the European Commission’s agriculture department has defended the accuracy of the 2016 Annual Activity Report (AAR) of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) following criticism from MEPs. 

European Agricultural Policy Direct Subsidies

Parliament adopts LULUCF text but scraps reference to 'intensity' of forest management

The plenary assembly of the European Parliament has adopted a report proposing to integrate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from land use, land use-change and forestry (LULUCF) into the 2030 climate and energy framework.
European Agricultural Policy Rural Development

CAP co-financing would benefit net contributors to budget, harm others - Farm Europe

National co-financing of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) would advantage net contributing member states, whereas other countries would not be able to find the necessary resources nationally, think tank Farm Europe has warned.  
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Market Support

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Food companies are getting “too big” and farmers are paying the price, says report

Mergers that create giant food companies allow the new entities to shape policies that fit their needs rather those of food producers or consumers, the European Commission has been warned in a report today.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Omnibus regulation finally agreed by the three EU institutions

Under the auspices of the Estonian Council Presidency, member states and the Parliament reached a preliminary agreement on the so-called Omnibus regulation, a set of financial rules governing the use of the EU budget, including in the field of agriculture. 
Farm Policy & Programs European Agricultural Policy

EU agri-policy diary (Oct 16-20): SCA considers Omnibus deal and EU Council hears state of play of Brexit talks

On Monday (October 16), the Council’s Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) will discuss the preliminary agreement reached this week (October 12) between member states and the European Parliament on the simplification and upgrade of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the so-called Omnibus regulation. 

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Budget & Financing

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UK farm union calls for agricultural policy 'stability' post-Brexit

The UK should wait until 2023 or even later before making any significant changes to its current domestic agricultural policy in the wake of Brexit, according to the country’s main farming union.

European Agricultural Policy Environment and Conservation

French farmers critical of 'bad signals' for agriculture in national budget

The French Government's newly unveiled national budget for 2018 has drawn sharp criticism from farming leaders who say it gives "very bad signals" for agriculture and suggests the Macron administration is not prepared for the future from a farming perspective.

European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

New Copa President wants limit on national contributions to EU budget removed

The 1.2% cap on national contributions to the EU budget should be “lifted” for the EU to perform its duties and invest in its own future, according to newly-elected Copa President, Joachim Rukwied. 

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