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CAP reform and EU rural development policy, agri-environment policy
Hetty joined the Agriculture and Land Management Programme at IEEP as a policy analyst in January 2011. She has since worked on a variety of projects on EU agricultural policy with respect to environmental concerns, focussing primarily on biodiversity, climate change and resource management issues and subsequently gaining considerable knowledge of the environmental challenges in agriculture and environmental integration in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). She is up-to-date with the on-going CAP reform discussions, and follows the debates closely. She holds an MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King's College London in which she focussed her attention on the political ecology of wine production in Catalonia, Spain.
A contentious issue in the negotiations on the future of the CAP is how to implement the proposed new green direct payments to farmers. However, proposals to increase flexibility for Member States will not necessarily be administratively any simpler and may risk weakening environmental outcomes.16 Apr 2013
Substantial changes to rural development regulation have been proposed which provide significant opportunities for Member States to deliver more for the environment. This report highlights some of these opportunities and sets out a series of principles and environmental priorities to help guide Member States in designing their future rural development programmes.26 Sep 2012
Of the three measures proposed to 'green' Pillar 1 direct payments, Ecological Focus Areas have the greatest potential to address a range of environmental concerns. How much of this potential is realised depends on a number of key factors discussed in this new IEEP report prepared at the request of the Land Use Policy Group.08 Jun 2012
The CAP could, and should, be primarily to assist EU agriculture to become more internationally competitive and sustainable and to achieve this by innovation. It already has many instruments to do this, and the reforms could further assist. However the resources deployed could be far better used.05 Jun 2012
A new study of the 2007-13 agri-environment schemes across the whole of EU-27 provides the first typology of ‘entry-level’ agri-environment management and environmental objectives, plus a detailed insight into the design of entry-level agri-environment schemes and calculation of payment rates in seven Member States.21 Mar 2012