European conference on territorial cooperation

On December 20 and 21 2013 the Groupe de Bruges organised the first European conference on `Territorial cooperation for the provision of public goods in the context of the CAP ReformĀ“. Some 50 participants from 10 countries discussed the needs and possibilities to come to closer collaboration at the European level between grass roots initiatives of groups of farmers, researchers and policy makers to increase the effectiveness of biodiversity mangement and agro-ecological practices through territorial cooperation

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.

The conference was the first in a series of at least two meetings, which The Groupe de Bruges is organising in collaboration with the French Ministry for Agriculture and the Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs. The follow up meeting will be held from April 23 - 25 2014 in The Netherlands.

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.