Reforming the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union

« Reforming the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union in the Framework of the EU Green Deal – The Position of Agroecology Europe » March 2020 : click here for the English version and here for the French version!

Agroecology Europe developed its position on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by analysing and drawing on the consequences of the current environmental, social, and economic situation of the agricultural and food system, and by building this position on the solid foundations of:

  • the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFUE),
  • the priorities for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the 2021-27 period,
  • the European Green Deal, and specifically the Farm to Fork approach.

Agroecology Europe recommends four measures:

  • The phasing out of current subsidies by agricultural area and livestock head, and on energy, large equipment and external inputs…
  • If basic subsidies are maintained, they should be paid on a full-time equivalent worker (FTE) basis and not on a hectare (or livestock head) basis
  • The main part of taxpayer’s money spent within the CAP should be allocated to the
    production of public goods
    , i.e. the provision of ecosystem services and the restoration of biodiversity and the ecological network (payment for result-oriented agro-environment and climate measures).
  • A financial support to the transition towards agroecological farming