News Common Agricultural Policy

NGOs demand thorough review of the Common...

Tue, 22/03/2016
More than 100 NGOs have signed a joint letter to the President of the European Commission to demand a review of the European food and farming system.

Is EU’s agriculture policy ‘fit for purpose’?

Fri, 08/01/2016
It has some big promises to live up to in 2016 if it wants the CAP to stay relevant.

Farming flaws: why 2015 was another poor year for...

Mon, 14/12/2015
Greening implementation, policy simplification and farmer protests prove the system is broken.

Why agriculture is the greatest threat to...

Mon, 12/10/2015
More than half of European bird species use farmland habitats. So why are Member States calling agriculture the "single greatest threat to biodiversity"?
Intensive agriculture, Denmark

EU admits failing its own targets for protecting...

Fri, 02/10/2015
The mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 has today been published by the European Commission – and it shows only limited progress has been made on many of the key targets set at the start of this decade, with a complete failure to address unsustainable agriculture.

Migrant birds losing breeding grounds to poor...

Wed, 02/09/2015
Up to 65% of migratory birds depend on farmlands for breeding or for resting and feeding. But unhelpful policies and poor implementation are making their lives difficult.

What is the solution for financing biodiversity?

Sat, 06/06/2015
The current approach for funding nature has failed entirely and is one of the main reasons that the biodiversity crisis in Europe remains. A new way forward is urgently needed.

A green reform of the CAP is needed now!

Fri, 13/04/2012
BirdLife Europe, in collaboration with the EEB (European Environmental Bureau), launched a video giving a series of indisputable arguments to green the CAP.

Urgent message from Denmark: "CAP must...

Wed, 07/03/2012
BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have launched a video highlighting the many problems facing the European agricultural ecosystem.

EU Environment Ministers fail to stand up for...

Tue, 03/01/2012
The EU Environment Council conclusions on the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, show the interests of the farm lobby will weaken biodiversity protection.

CAP disappoints on green hopes

Wed, 12/10/2011
BirdLife is deeply disappointed with the CAP reform proposals that have emerged from the Commission.

Environment Commissioners win a round for...

Thu, 06/10/2011
The European Commission has made a timid step forward towards honoring its commitment to integrate biodiversity in its legislative proposal on the Cohesion Policy, one of the two main components of the EU Budget.

European Court of Auditors puts high quality agri...

Tue, 20/09/2011
European Courts of Auditors report highlights importance of agri environment schemes as the European Commission proposals for Common Agriculture policy reform are about to be announced.

CAP to keep pumping cash into EU’s most...

Mon, 19/09/2011
Environmental NGOs and farmers have condemned leaked plans to greenwash the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

Farmland birds in Europe fall to lowest levels

Thu, 25/08/2011
Farmland bird populations across Europe are at their lowest levels since records began, new figures reveal.

EU promises a greener future, but budget stays...

Thu, 30/06/2011
BirdLife Europe expresses disappointment with the European Commission’s proposal for Europe’s financial commitment after 2013. BirdLife now calls on Member States and the European Parliament to uphold on their environmental commitments and ensure that the EU will gear the next EU Budget towards a green economy.

EP calls for strong second pillar as part of...

Thu, 23/06/2011
Wednesday 23 June, the EP voted the Dess report on ‘The CAP towards 2020; Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future’. Read the reaction of BirdLife Europe on the European Parliament Dess report.

Alarm over reports that Barroso is considering...

Wed, 22/06/2011
BirdLife Europe is alarmed by recent reports that Mr. Barroso, the President of the European Commission, is considering scrapping, partially or entirely, the budget of the second pillar (rural development) of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).