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Workshop 2.9

Greening the CAP


Monica Commandeur

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In the new CAP (2014- 2020) “greening” can also be interpreted as / replaced by growing protein crops. With the current high prices for soya shred, one might expect that within a few years thousands of ha in Europe will be cultivated with protein crops. Is that a fair assumption? To what extend can we expect real transformations in the European land use? And how will the CAP intervene with expected developments.


It is suggested that the positive impacts of the proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for greening Pillar I on farmland biodiversity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions might be small. Member States must assign 30% of their Pillar I budget to these measures, a total annual amount of 13 billion euros. The ecological focus area requirement is potentially the most effective measure.

This effectiveness could be increased by tailoring the measures to local conditions and stimulating the realisation of a green infrastructure through regional coordination and cooperation. Halting farmland biodiversity loss is essential for meeting EU biodiversity targets. A well-designed greening component within the CAP could play a pivotal role in meeting these targets.(Westhoek, et al 2013).

Workshop process

Participants are invited to present papers and illustrate orally supporting what they expect to really happen in Europe in terms of progress in sustainable agro-food systems during the next CAP policy period (2014-2020). With special emphasis on protein crop production development (lupine, luzerne etc.).

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