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The end of what might be described as the bad old common agricultural policy based on expensively rigged markets was recently marked by what should be the final removal of export subsidies on agricultural commodities. For over fifty years these subsidies have been a major mechanism for maintaining high farm prices in the European Union.… » read more

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It seems inevitable that the current drive to reform European agriculture policy as part of the 2014-20 budget re-vamp is likely to be a great opportunity missed. The deliberations of the Commission, Parliament and Council are leading on to a massive over-complication of the policy. The potpourri of social, environmental and production supporting measures is… » read more

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According to defenders of an unreformed European agriculture policy, current plans to harmonise and restrict EU farm income payments are likely to threaten viability of the agriculture industry and restrict output. Such an effect would, it is argued, pose a serious threat to the ability of the EU farm industry to improve both EU and… » read more

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NO PRESSURE FOR CAP REFORM

So, predictably, the EU budget wrangle drags on. Equally predictably, spending on the cash-guzzling agricultural budget is at the heart of the argument. However the negotiations end up the annual spending on agriculture policy will still remain close to 40 per cent of the Union’s total spending. It doesn’t really matter whose version of the… » read more

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