European conference on territorial cooperation
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 ad pilot-projects have already been set up to anticipate this new policy and to achieve first practical experiences.
The Groupe de Bruges, in collaboration with the French Ministry for Agriculture and the Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs, is organising a series of two meetings on this topic. 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).
The first meeting will be held on December 20 and 21 at La Bergerie Ecocentre in France and will gather participants from all over Europe.
For more information contact the Groupe de Bruges secretariat
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 first 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
Since October 2012 Groupe de Bruges is maintaining a Facebook page. Five times a week new items will be placed on this page. Besides the regular item ‘The CAP from A to Z: Word of the day’, the page will contain interesting news, upcoming events and opinions from a wide variety of stakeholders, all relating in one way or another to the Common Agricultural Policy.
Please have a look, take part in the debate and like us, as over 2,000 people have done before you!
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
User guide available HERE.