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Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) revision for 2014-2020
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is due to be reformed by 2013. After a wide-ranging public debate the Commission presented on 18 November 2010 a Communication on "The CAP towards 2020", which outlines options for the future CAP and launched the debate with the other institutions and with stakeholders. On 12 October 2011 the Commission presented a set of legal proposals designed to make the CAP a more effective policy for a more (...)
As agriculture ministers from the EU’s member states agreed a negotiating position on reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) at the 19 March AGRIFISH Council meeting, the European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC), of which EPHA is a member, sent a message to the ministers, urging them to recognise a public health dimension of European food, farming and rural development policy.
Brussels, 26 March 2013
On March 19, 2013 at the AGRIFISH Council (...)
The European Parliament voted on its plenary session on 13 March on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). As part of this vote, amendments concerning Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) were offered and adopted as part of the Parliament’s position for the second reading procedure.
The relation between AMR and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
The adopted amendment 192 and 193 introduces a new Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) standard (containing a (...)
On 19 March 2013, agriculture ministers from the EU’s Member States agreed a negotiating position on reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). They reached an agreement on a number of issues: (1) the general approach to the proposals for the direct payments regulation; (2) the regulation for single common market organisation (CMO); (3) the rural development regulation; (4) and the horizontal regulation within the framework of reform of the CAP.
Background - common agricultural (...)
Tobacco is the single largest avoidable health risk in the EU, accounting for nearly 700 000 premature deaths each year. Around 50% of smokers die prematurely (on average 14 years earlier). This initiative is an example of how EU funds can be used to help former tobacco farmers and workers to find a new job and mitigate the social impacts of career change.
The European Commission has proposed providing Austria with €3.9 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to (...)
Will our tax money continue to flow into the pockets of agribusiness and monocultures? Or will Europe’s farm subsidies finally be used to fund a sustainable and globally responsible agriculture? On 12 March 2013 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will hold a final debate on how they will vote on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) the very next day. On the very same day, civil society representatives will be in Strasbourg to call for the start of a new agricultural policy fit (...)
A healthy common agricultural policy (CAP) is very relevant in the context of tackling chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). That is why the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the European Public Health & Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC) - along with more than 250 NGOs - have signed up to an open letter from civil society calling for a public health & environmental friendly CAP reform. This should be a wake-up call for all members of the European Parliament.
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EPHA received an invitation to the policy debate facilitated by the Hans Seidel Stiftung held on 25 February 2013 18:30-21:00 at the representation of the Free State of Bavaria. The following article contains the arguments/key messages addressed by the speakers.
Europe is entering a decisive period. Tight budgets, the pressure of globalisation and growing mistrust towards Brussels requires an efficient use of resources and a concentration on priorities. Together with (...)
Between 25-26 February, EU Agriculture Ministers held a public debate in Brussels over the direct payments regulation and the horizontal regulation, within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform. The debate included discussion on the basic payment scheme and whether it was transparent who the beneficiaries of CAP payments are. Ministers were also briefed on the mislabelling of beef products.
Reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP)
Ministers held two policy (...)
The European Policy Centre (EPC) think tank, in cooperation with the World Wide Fund (WWF) European Policy Office, organised a Policy Dialogue on 14 February, on the topic of ‘What future for the Common Agricultural Policy?’ The European Public Health & Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC) contributed to the debate highlighting the messages of the public health community towards the ongoing CAP reform.
Discussions on the common agricultural policy (CAP) are already heated, with (...)
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