By Erika Rupnik and Maša Železnik, Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia

Vineyards, trees and houses on hills at sunrise with fog, Jeruzalem, Slovenske Gorice, Prlekija, Styria, Slovenia. Source: SimonSkafar/Getty Images

While the EU’s overall agricultural policy is set at EU level, Member States are responsible for the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), based on what is known as the ‘shared management’ mode. The latter also includes a number of activities by Member States’ authorities to monitor CAP programmes. Consequently, a Member State’s external audit institution can assess the effectiveness of its government’s monitoring of such a CAP programme. The Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia (CARS) has done this. …


Interview with Samo Jereb, ECA Member and chair of the ECA audit chamber Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Samo Jereb in his garden in Slovenia.

With expenditure amounting to €59.5 billion, the EU’s budget for ‘natural resources’ represents 37.4 % of the total EU budget, and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) accounts for 98 % of this. It may come as no surprise that the ECA’s audit work on this budget chapter makes up a substantial part of the ECA’s overall publications, both regarding compliance and performance issues. As for the latter, the ECA has published 20 special reports relating to the CAP since 2017. ECA Member…


Interview with Julia Klöckner, German Minister of Food and Agriculture

Julia Klöckner. Source: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany

With the delivery model envisaged in the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Member States will have a large say in how they want to achieve the objectives laid out in the CAP agreement. All the more important to hear their views on what they think of the post- 2020 CAP and how it addresses their particular concerns. Julia Klöckner is Germany’s Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture and was directly involved in the negotiations, leading them during Germany’s Council Presidency in 2020. Below she provides some insights into what the agreement means for farmers in Germany.

By Gaston Moonen

A CAP agreement that is well-balanced

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Interview with Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner for Agriculture

Janusz Wojciechowski.

When Janusz Wojciechowski became Commissioner for Agriculture in December 2019, his task, according to his mission letter, was to ensure that ‘the agricultural sector continues to deliver on its enduring commitments while supporting it to adapt to changes in climate, demographics and technologies.’ A key instrument in achieving this would be the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and it was his responsibility to conclude the then ongoing negotiations with an agreement that, according to his mission letter, had to be ‘ambitious in terms of food security and environmental and climate objectives.’ When we spoke with the Commissioner for Agriculture in…


Can agriculture get in line with actions to combat climate change? Source: European Commission. Source: EC AV PORTAL (europa.eu)

The European Green Deal is the biggest EU project to tackle the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. All economic sectors play a role in the transition. Being one of the major drivers of biodiversity loss and contributing 10 % of greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture is a crucial component in the achievement of the targets set out in this Green Deal. In May 2020 the Commission launched its Farm to Fork strategy (F2F) and Biodiversity strategy, including a concrete action plan. Lukas Visek is a member of the cabinet of the Commission’s Executive Vice-President responsible for these plans…


For decades, agriculture has played a pivotal role in the EU’s agenda — particularly on it as a share of and it will continue to do so for decades to come. The farming sector needs to face emerging challenges related to food security, rural development, environment and climate importance with regard to. Consequently, expectations have increased when it comes to the performance of agricultural policies, and this is what sets aside the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from the previous ones. …


Farming is an inherently risky activity, being exposed to unpredictable weather and associated production and price volatility, to animal and plant diseases , and to policy uncertainties. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted further vulnerabilities, such as shortfalls in the supply of seasonal labour, while climate change will only increase the uncertainties that farmers face. Equipping farmers to absorb and recover from shocks is an important element in many countries’ efforts to strengthen agricultural resilience. …


Agri politics and eco outlook — which weight in the balance of scale? Source: Petmal/Getty Images

It is no coincidence that the key items on the negotiation table between the European Parliament and the Council regarding the new European Union Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) related to environmental measures to make the Union’s future agricultural policies greener and more sustainable. To what extent can the new CAP contribute to the ambitious targets of the European Green Deal and its related strategies? Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics at Trinity College Dublin and a reputed expert on the EU’s CAP, reflected in the many articles he has written on the…


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How can a public audit institution ensure that its audit work, when published, matters and has a high impact? In his previous professional life, ECA Member Juhan Parts, was Prime Minister, Member of Parliament and Auditor General. His experience is that having an impact starts with adopting a strategy in which vision and foresight play an essential role in making the right choices. As a former chair of the ECA’s ‘Future Foresight Task Force,’ (see the ECA Journal on Foresight) and more recently as a member of the ECA’s Strategy and Foresight Advisory Panel, he has actively contributed to preparing…


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Strategic foresight helps governments to consider alternative futures and identify new opportunities and challenges in the face of great change and uncertainty. As governments prepare to invest massively in recovery strategies, their use for strategic foresight is more important than ever. Public auditors can play a key role in helping this happen. Dexter Docherty and Alanna Markle work as Strategic Foresight Analysts at the OECD where they collaborate closely with OECD staff, national governments and foresight practitioners to explore disruptive changes that could occur in the future and the implications for policy decisions today. …

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