Policy Memo no 42 , August 2013 Author: Lucian Luca After much debate, the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy…
It has become a truism that a fragmented agriculture cannot be efficient on today’s global market and that a solution for this structural problem can be found in the development of association in rural areas. Due to historical causes and not only, cooperation in agriculture has a bad reputation in Romania.
On November 18, 2010, the European Commission published "The Common Agricultural Policy in the perspective of 2020 ", the result of extensive public debate during 2010 that began at the invitation of Romanian Commissioner Dacian Ciolos. CRPE has organized on May 4, 2011, with the support of EurActiv and Infoeuropa, a public debate on this issue with key stakeholders, publicly proposing a simplified model of the scheme, which small farmers can have access to without filling in the annual subsidy applications and complex forms.
In November 2010, European Commissioner Dacian Cioloş released "the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) towards 2020" – a document outlining the broad strokes of the reform of the European agricultural policy. The communication will be followed in 2011 by a legislative proposal by the Commission. Thus, we are currently in the stage between general principles and concrete measures.
This report resembles a Russian matrioska which is addressed to more audiences. On one hand, it is about the agricultural policies and European policies, who are accustomed with the field. On the other hand, it is about journalists, politicians, trade unionists, students and the public at large, who need context information for understanding the dilemma raised by CAP in the context of Romania.