New e-learning course on the CAP

The new course will be a follow up of the very successful course that was developed by the Groupe de Bruges in 2011. The new e-learning platform will not only include a fully updated version of the existing one, but also separate modules aimed at the general public (CAP Basic) and a CAP game specifically aimed at young, urban people. For the CAP game a European competition will be organised.

The implementation of the new platform will be combined with four events in Amsterdam. Berlin, Paris and Rome.

Preparations have meanwhile begun. First bits of the platform will become available after the summer. An executive summary of the project can be downloaded HERE.


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2nd European conference on territorial cooperation held in great spirit

From April 23 to 25 some 70 people from 12 countries gathered on the beautiful location of De Klinze (Netherlands) to discuss new and innovative approaches for biodiversity and agro-ecological management by groups of farmers.

The conference was a follow up of the one held on December 20 and 21 2013 in France. Among the participants were also representatives of green NGO's and the Commission. The results of the conference will be used to prepare a third, concluding meeting in te Autumn in Brussels.

Download HERE all conference documents

In the CAP post 2013 there is much emphasis on support for cooperation between farmers and between farmers and other stakeholders. In particular concerning the provision of eco-systems servcies (bio diversity, landscape management, water management, etc.) the new CAP offers ample opportunities to support territorial cooperation. In various Member States experiments and pilot-projects have already been set up to anticipate this new policy and to achieve first practical experiences.

Both conferences were organised by the Groupe de Bruges in collaboration with the French Ministry for Agriculture and the Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs.

The background of these meetings is to come to a structural exchange of information, both scientific and practical, at the European level between the different stakeholders involved (groups of farmers and other landowners, researchers, NGO's and policy makers).

For more information contact the Groupe de Bruges secretariat

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Groupe de Bruges' reaction on the CAP deal

In the trilogue deal on the CAP Reform many decisions, not only concerning he implementation of Pillar 2 (Rural Development), but also of Pillar 1 (Direct Payments), are left to the Member States. They will have to notify their decisions to the Commission ultimately on July 31 2014. Does this mean a re-nationalisation of the CAP? Will this make the CAP simpler, greener and fairer?

Based on these questions the Groupe de Bruges has developed a reaction on the CAP deal.

We would like to invite everyone to give their thoughts on the CAP deal and our reaction on our Facebook page

Implementation of CAP in Member States

After the agreement on the CAP Reform that was struck last year, Member States have begun the process of debate and decision making concerning the implementation of the CAP, both for the First and Second Pillar. The Groupe de Bruges is closely following this process in the 28 Members States, but want to invite everybody to contribute their information and opinions as well.

E-learning course: over 1,400 participants

Since its inauguration in November 2011, EL-CAP, our e-learning course on the CAP, has attracted over 1,400 registrations from almost 70 different countries from Europe and the rest of the world. It is still possible to follow the course or parts of it.
The Groupe de Bruges is currently trying to find the funds to develop a complete update of the course and also to make the course available for Smartphones.

For more information download the brochure HERE.
The full course is now available. To go to the course, click

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User guide available HERE.