The Commission proposes a drop of almost 15% of direct payments by 2027

Updated with final figures presented by the European Commission The European Commission has presented, today, its proposals for the multiannual budget framework for the 2021-2027 period. This budget project lacks 43 billion (constant euros) in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget to maintain support for farmers at their current level, 27,4 for the first pillar (direct […]

BREXIT: ONLY GOOD NEWS?

The good news is that an agreement was found on the Brexit transition period, lasting through end 2020. Till then the UK will be part of the EU Customs Union and Single Market, so there will be no disruptions to trade on agri-food products between the EU27 and the UK. Definitely that is good news, […]

Communication on the future CAP: a “basis for discussion”, but…

Brussels, February 20th.  As a continuation of a previous discussion (January 29th) on the future of Europe’s post-2020 agricultural policy among the European Agriculture Ministers, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH) chaired by Bulgarian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Mr. Porodzanov, was held yesterday, February 19th 2018 in Brussels. It represented a second thematic […]

Thoughts and reflections on the next MFF ongoing debate

Is there a strategy which combines the need to finance new challenges by recognizing the importance and role of “the elephants in the room” ? Brussels, January 11th. On January 8th and 9th, after the Christmas break, and ahead of the College debate on the European Union’s budget, EU Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger launched a high-level conference on […]

BREXIT: GOOD NEWS, BUT MANY QUESTIONS REMAIN

The recent agreement between the European Commission and the UK on the first phase of the Brexit negotiations is good news. Assuming that Brexit is not reversible, having the best possible understanding on the future relationship is in the interest of the EU27 and its agri-food sector. The agreement on the first phase opens up […]

“The future of agriculture and food” deserves better

  PRESS RELEASE 29 November, 2017 “The future of agriculture and food” deserves better than a technocratic discussion about a proposal to renationalize. The “New Delivery Mechanism”, which is central in the European Commission’s communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), presented on 29 November, would pave the way for a lesser […]