Europe and Central Asia

Invitation to the Science-Policy Dialogue

hosted by BirdLife Europe, the European Environmental Bureau and NABU

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 9:30 – 17:00

Museum of Natural Sciences, Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels

Registration is now closed

Presentations are available here:

Guy Pe'er (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig) presentation 

Sebastian Lakner (University of Göttingen) presenatation part I and part II 

Dr. Laure Latruffe (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique Rennes) presentation  

Study and summaries are available on this page 

Final Agenda

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is an old saying. And it really does apply to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which currently makes up the largest part, almost 40%, of the EU budget. Post Brexit we can expect significant cuts to the EU’s financial framework - with the CAP inevitably coming under heavy pressure to justify itself. A week before the European Commission is expected to come out with first proposals for the future CAP, we ask the questions: Does the CAP still deliver on its own goals? Is the CAP an efficient investment by taxpayers, what are its real costs and benefits? Does it support the global sustainability goals (SDGs), proudly signed by European leaders?

At our workshop you will get answers to these questions from the final results of an unprecedented “Fitness Check” of the CAP, carried out by a respected team of experts in agro-economy, ecology and sociology following the European Commission’s own “better regulation” methodology.

Furthermore, looking into the future, we will get the latest insights on the upcoming process of the CAP reform and what influence we have to expect from Brexit by Prof. Alan Matthews. The event will also include the first Brussels’ presentation of a German study on the economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity in rural areas, funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry. Afterwards there will be a panel-discussion with experts, policy makers and stakeholders.

If you wish to attend this event, please register by the 15th November 2017, by filling in the online-form. We would appreciate if you could forward this invitation to colleagues of yours, who might be interested to attend. You will also find the final agenda herePlease note that we will start with welcome coffee at 9:30 and will end with a cocktail reception.

For any questions, please contact André Prescher (

This workshop is part of a project of NABU (BirdLife Partner in Germany) funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).