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European Commission
ENRD Newsletter
February 2017
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Consultation on the future of CAP

A three-month public consultation on modernising and simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was launched on 2 February by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan.

The consultation will run between 2 February and 2 May 2017 and is available in 23 EU languages. Input from the consultation will contribute to the drafting of an EU Commission Communication that will address the current performance of the CAP and potential policy options for the future. For additional information, see the related Q&As.

European LEADER events

Two recent events, the fourth meeting of the LEADER Sub-group (21 February) and a workshop on LEADER innovation (22 February) stressed the importance of exchange and networking in support of more effective and innovative LEADER/CLLD implementation.

The workshop discussed ways of strengthening and expanding rural innovation through both Local Development Strategies and a broader range of initiatives such as EIP-AGRI Operational Groups and Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems (AKIS).

The Sub-group highlighted its role and that of rural networks in supporting local actors to deliver improved results on the ground building on the messages from events such as Cork 2.0, LEADER/CLLD 2020+, and Achieving results the CLLD way.

Rural businesses – the future is now

Join the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ on 30 March 2017 in Brussels – register to attend here before 8 March.

The event will explore how EU policies and tools for business support and innovation can be used in rural areas. It will examine the opportunities for rural businesses from digitisation, smart specialisation, and social innovation, using inspiring examples. The Seminar is part of the broader ENRD thematic work on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.

ENRD social and demographic workshops

Two recent ENRD workshops have focused on major social and demographic challenges in rural Europe.

A first workshop - jointly organised by the ENRD Contact Point and the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) on 25 January – was on ‘Generational renewal through rural development’. It looked at how to overcome the main challenges facing young farmers, such as access to land, finance, training and knowledge.

A second workshop on ‘Social hubs in rural Europe’ was structured around existing ‘hubs of activity’ on specific social and demographic topics: migrants and refugees; Roma; youth; and women in rural areas. It also considered the role of arts and culture in promoting social inclusion.

Reducing gold-plating in European funding

A new study by the European Parliament Think Tank analyses ‘gold-plating’ – additional rules and regulatory obligations that interfere with expected policy goals – in the European Rural Development (EAFRD), Fisheries (EMFF), Regional Development (ERDF), Social (ESF) and Cohesion (CF) Funds.

The study discusses the presence, reasons and effects of gold-plating across the five funds and proposes solutions and recommendations to reduce it in both the 2014-2020 and post-2020 programming periods.

Promoting Community-Supported Agriculture

A new booklet providing practical training on Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) has recently been published by the International Network for CSA (URGENCI).

The booklet presents the practical aspects of starting CSA which is a partnership between local farmers and consumers that can contribute to a better food system.

How to deliver Smart Specialisation?

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has published a new Handbook on ‘Implementing Smart Specialisation Strategies’.

The handbook covers processes of stakeholder involvement, good governance principles, project selection, transnational cooperation and monitoring.

Closing the gender gap in agricultural policy

A new publication by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) makes the case for integrating the gender dimension into the policy cycle of agriculture and rural development.

The publication overviews EU and international policy objectives and provides a collection of useful resources and practical examples on mainstreaming gender into agricultural policy.

How is the CAP implemented across Europe?

A recent study commissioned by DG AGRI analyses the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and makes recommendations for the future based on a review of the existing choices made by EU Member States.

The publication examines countries’ implementation decisions in relation to direct payments to farmers and rural development measures to study their relevance, coherence and effectiveness.

New finance for Irish forestry

A new agreement backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) will support EUR 112 million of new investment in privately owned forests across Ireland.

The initiative will enable crucial upgrades to Ireland's forestry infrastructure and seek to address issues faced by small-scale foresters.

Refugee integration in rural Germany

A new publication by the Bavarian Academy of Rural Affairs and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS) collects practical experiences in integrating refugees in German rural areas.

It provides details on specific structures and processes to address arising challenges. For additional information, see a collection of integration projects and initiatives throughout Germany.

A biomass boost to Europe’s bioeconomy

A set of EU-funded research projects have been working to develop novel biomass solutions to support the wider European bioeconomy.

The projects aim to provide the agricultural sector with the knowledge and expertise needed to support resource-efficient biomass strategies and solutions.

An action plan for ‘Rural Policy 3.0’

The OECD has produced a roadmap for the implementation of its ‘New Rural Policy 3.0’.

The roadmap sets out the steps for rural development approaches to move beyond farm supports to also recognise the diversity of rural regions and the importance of connectivity to dynamic areas.

3 March 2017
Innovation Road, Rochefort, Belgium
7 March 2017
3rd Meeting of Thematic Group on Resource-Efficient Rural Economy, Online meeting
7 March 2017
FIWARE Open Day, Brussels, Belgium
7 - 10 March 2017
Global Peasants Rights Congress, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
8 March 2017
The Future of CAP after 2020, Brussels, Belgium
8 March 2017
How the Future CAP Can Contribute to Growth and Jobs in Europe, Brussels, Belgium
8 March 2017
The UK Food Supply Chain, London, UK
9 March 2017
After the CAP: What Future for British Agri-Trade?, London, UK
9 - 10 March 2017
Circular Economy: One Year after Adoption, Working Together for the Future, Brussels, Belgium
15 - 17 March 2017
7th NRNs’ Meeting, Azores, Portugal
16 - 19 March 2017
Food Science, Lisbon, Portugal
21 March 2017
European Tree of the Year 2017, Brussels, Belgium
21 March 2017
Forum on the Value of Wood, Brussels, Belgium
22 - 23 March 2017
The Rural Summit, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
24 March 2017
Water and Climate Seminar, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
27 March 2017
Forum for the Future of Agriculture Pre-event, Brussels, Belgium
28 March 2017
Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2017, Brussels, Belgium
29 March 2017
ENRD Workshop on Farm Resilience, Brussels, Belgium
30 March 2017
ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’, Brussels, Belgium
4 - 5 April 2017
EIP-AGRI Workshop on Data Sharing, Bratislava, Slovakia
4 - 5 April 2017
Village Renewal and Development, Euskirschen, Germany
18 - 19 April 2017
International Conference ‘The Role of Women in Mountain Regions’, Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria
18 - 20 April 2017
AgroForum Mare Balticum, Tartu, Estonia
8 - 12 May 2017
Agroecology : past, present, future, Wanze, Belgium
8 - 11 May 2017
Global Food Innovation Summit, Milano, Italy
9 - 10 May 2017
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, Utrecht, The Netherlands
9 - 11 May 2017
LINC Conference 2017, Vianden, Luxembourg
16 - 17 May 2017
Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas, Sollefteå, Sweden
25 - 27 May 2017
International Conference on Local Development, Faro, Portugal
26 May 2017
Rural Revitalisation Conference, Dublin, Ireland
29 May - 2 June 2017
EU Green Week, Brussels, Belgium
1 - 2 June 2017
Digital Innovation Hubs: Mainstreaming Digital Agriculture, Kilkenny, Ireland
20 June 2017
Addressing Due Diligence in Food Supply Chains, Brussels, Belgium
22 June 2017
Agroforestry 2017: Improving Productivity for Farmers and Foresters, Cranfield, UK
12 - 19 August 2017
European Rural Youth Forum 2017, Berlin, Germany
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