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The Health Check: Further Steps to Adapt the Common Agricultural Policy to New Realities. Egmont European Affairs Program Working Paper 2009/01

Timmerman, Peter. (2009) The Health Check: Further Steps to Adapt the Common Agricultural Policy to New Realities. Egmont European Affairs Program Working Paper 2009/01. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    The Health Check (HC) of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was launched in November 2007 and concluded at the end of 2008. The European Commission presented it as an evaluation of the 2003 CAP reforms1 addressing three specific issues. It sought to streamline the Single Payment Scheme (SPS), improve the market orientation of the CAP and provide adequate policy tools for new challenges. The scope of this Working Paper is to give a comprehensive overview of the adopted measures. Therefore, some of the initial proposals will be compared with what is finally agreed upon, while elucidating some of the dynamics of the legislative process, such as climate change and biofuels2. From the start, the Commission made serious efforts to downplay the impact of the HC. The name in itself does not quite reflect a strong sense of ambition: performing a 'health check' remains at a safe linguistic distance from the more intrusive notion of 'reform' or 'review'. The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mariann Fischer Boel, has on several occasions talked soothingly about the HC. According to her, its purpose was "not to change the essential direction of the CAP"3, and "it was never meant to be about further fundamental reform"4. Instead, she presented the HC as "an opportunity to fine tune our tool box"5.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > energy policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > agriculture policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > European Affairs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2011
    Page Range: p. 26
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:41
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15487

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