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The EU budget and the CAP: An agenda for the review?

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor David Harvey


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Professor David Harvey's proposed agenda for CAP reform in EuroChoices 5(1) is, we believe, unrealistic. It pays insufficient attention to the politics of EU policy-making and ignores the importance countries place on protecting their shares of EU spending. We recognise the incremental nature of CAP reform, but believe this can lead to significant cumulative effects. Our proposal builds on modulation to transfer more CAP spending from Pillar I to Pillar II. Farmers receiving the largest payments should have their payments cut through higher compulsory modulation rates. We also seek a reduction of EU spending on the CAP, with greater national contributions achieved through the established channel of co-financing. Reply to Ackrill and Kay - David Harvey Ackrill and Kay (A&K) say my suggestions for national subscription, co-financing and discretion for CAP Pillar 1 spending and associated elimination of the troublesome UK rebate risk a stalemate, and that the further reform will necessarily be incremental, rather than radical. In reply, I argue that some radical reform will eventually be necessary, so that it makes sense to think about the required directions now. I also argue that my own suggestions are not so far from A&K's analysis as they seem to suppose. My suggestions seem little more likely to generate a stalemate than A&K's incremental change forecasts. © The Agricultural Ecomomics Society and the European Association of Agricultural Economists 2006.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ackrill R, Kay A, Harvey D

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: EuroChoices

Year: 2006

Volume: 5

Issue: 3

Pages: 20-25

ISSN (print): 1478-0917

ISSN (electronic): 1746-692X


DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-692X.2006.00039.x