Europe and Central Asia

How a bill becomes a better CAP: Can a broken system be fixed?

UPDATE: This event has taken place. The speakers' presentations are available below.

NABU (BirdLife in Germany), BirdLife Europe and the European Environmental Bureau invite you to the launch of a new study on the Commission‘s proposal for the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and to a discussion on the upcoming reform process of the agricultural subsidies in the European Union.

The Commission’s fledgling proposal for the next Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 has left the nest, but it will have to grow some green feathers if it wants to fly…

This controversial text falls short on two critical fronts for Europe: the EU’s commitment to a higher level of environmental ambition and the much-needed transition to a sustainable food and farming system. To avoid a crash landing for nature and biodiversity, the co-decision process between the European Parliament and the Council must significantly improve the Commission’s draft. It might be the last chance to fix the broken CAP and to save Europe’s biodiversity.

At our workshop in Brussels – 22 November, 10.15-17.15, Hotel Leopold – Rue du Luxembourg 35 – BirdLife, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and NABU therefore ask ‘Can a broken CAP be fixed?’ We will be welcoming a new report from the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), analysing the Commission’s proposal and its potential environmental performance, and making recommendations for a CAP that’s good for nature and people.


We will also debate how the current CAP proposal impacts Member States, who will be given a stronger role in the strategic planning and implementation of the new CAP – ‘How can Member States prepare for this new role?’, ‘What will be expected from them?’, ‘What are the necessary conditions for making the programming of the CAP lead to real environmental outcomes and to added value for taxpayer’s money?’


Workshop Agenda

NEW! IEEP Study (November 2018): CAP 2021-27: Proposals for increasing its environmental and climate ambition


Speakers' Presentations

Introduction and welcome: Patrick ten Brink, European Environmental Bureau

The green architecture of the new CAP: Michael Pielke, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

Presentation of a new study: is the proposed legislation fit to make a higher environmental ambition become reality? Kaley Hart, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Opinion of the European Court of Auditors on the Commission’s CAP proposal: Peter Welch, European Court of Auditors

Elements of the new agriculture bill in the United Kingdom: Guy Horsington, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The role of the Member States in the context of the new delivery model: Guido Castellano, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

Implications of the CAP strategic planning for the MS: Luka Juvančič, University of Ljubljana

Involvement of stakeholders through the EIP-AGRI: lessons learnt from Ireland: Margaret Murray, Irish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Marine      

The experience from England – How AES monitoring and evaluation helps inform the delivery of farmland wildlife outcomes: James Phillips, Natural England

Strategic Nature Projects in the LIFE-Program and creation of synergies with the CAP: Jeremie Crespin, Directorate-General for Environment