By Els Brems, Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Directorate

With the summer approaching, news items on water scarcity and low groundwater levels may soon start popping up. Possibly, we will be asked to stop washing our cars or filling swimming pools with tap water. Dry summers are no longer the…


By Liia Laanes and Charlotta Törneling, ‘Sustainable Use of Natural Resources’ Directorate

In June 2018, the Commission published its proposals for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) — aimed at a greener and more results-based CAP. What did the ECA say about these and how did we go about it…


By Harriet Bradley and Ariel Brunner, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia

Climate change and biodiversity loss are twin crises. The need to address them together is confirmed by many scientific reports on the two issues. This is also reflected in the European Commission’s European Green Deal, with one of its…


By Diana Lenzi, European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)

The Conseil Européen des Jeunes Agriculteurs (CEJA) is the EU’s main interest group for young farmers and has considerable interest in a CAP that will help them realise their ambitions in agriculture. CEJA presents itself as a forum for dialogue between…


Interview with Luis Capoulas Santos, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Portugal

The new Common Agricultural Policy will entail many changes for Member States, starting with the drafting of the National Strategic Plans they have to submit to the European Commission, not to mention implementing thosea…


Interview with Norbert Lins, MEP and Chair of the EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

On 25 June 2021, there was finally a green light for a post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to become more performance oriented, greener and fairer. The agreement was preceded by numerous discussion rounds between…


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

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…


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

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…


Interview with Julia Klöckner, German Minister of Food and Agriculture

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…


Interview with Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner for Agriculture

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…

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