Sunday 5. December 2021

New challenges for the EU Common Agricultural Policy

European Commission
farmer on his tractor plowing the field, rural wyoming

Despite the reforms made in the past few years which many EU citizens still consider are too expensive, the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) remains far too bureaucratic, especially for farmers. The European Commission is organising a consultation with the aim of simplifying the CAP.

Rural depopulation - The harvest is rich but the labourers are few

European Union

Responding to ever-louder calls for a radical overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy (‘CAP’), MEPs have recently voted in favour of measures to help small farmers. In this article, environmental lawyer Henry Longbottom SJ (JESC) considers a range of voices in a debate about public funding of rural activities.

Pilgrimage to Paris – it’s on!


From Flensburg to Paris: climate activitsts and pilgrimage enthusiasts are joining together on a walk to the French capital for the UN Climate Summit.

“Sacred cows” in Castel Gandolfo?

Holy See

It is a well-known fact that Castel Gandolfo is the Pope’s summer residence, but few people are aware that it is also a place where cows graze and cheese is made. This is a report from a voyage of discovery.

Towards COP21: impacts of climate change


Europeinfos is starting a series of articles to better understand the issues in relation to COP21 and the current and future challenges that climate change presents for Europe.

Genetically modified foods in the TTIP agreement

European Commission

There are increasing discussions on genetic engineering as the TTIP negotiations continue.

The new ‘Copernicus’ Earth observation programme

European Commission

Since the beginning of April, Sentinel-1A, the first of a series of Copernicus satellites, has been orbiting in space and making long-range environmental monitoring possible. It is part of ‘Copernicus’, the new European Flagship Programme.

Building bridges between Africa and the EU

European Union

“With one hand we give Africa a few crumbs and with the other we remove the loaf” says Angel Olaran, missionary in Ethiopia.

The Commission fails to mention cooperatives

European Commission

160,000 cooperatives in Europe employ 5.4 million Europeans. The “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” seems to have been sidelined.

EU Biofuels policy and food insecurity in Africa

European Commission

The increased demand for biofuels is one of the main factors contributing to the current food price volatility and is diverting farmland away from food production in food insecure regions.

Agriculture affects us all

European Commission

On 12 October 2011, the European Commission presented its proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union for the years 2014–2020. This represents a further step towards reform of what is so far the only fully common policy area of the EU.


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