Overview

The European Commission undertakes frequent evaluations and studies of the common agricultural policy (CAP).

Evaluations are carried out by independent external experts in accordance with EU guidelines and procedures, which enable experts to examine the impact of CAP measures and produce findings that can be used to inform EU policy making.

External studies on topics relating to EU agricultural policy are also produced for the Commission by outside organisations, such as research bodies, universities and consultancy firms.

Evaluation and studies procedure

Evaluations and studies are carried out as part of the Commission’s multiannual evaluation and studies plan for agriculture and rural development. Additionally, the purpose, scope and timing of each evaluation is set out in evaluation roadmaps, which are open to feedback from citizens.

Contracts for evaluations and studies are established through a public tendering procedure. Tender notices and the calls for tender are published on the platform tenders electronic daily.

To ensure that evaluations are firmly embedded in the policy making process and that established benchmarks are met, the Commission has prepared guidelines and a toolbox for better regulation, outlining requirements and best practices for evaluations of the CAP.

The Commission has also established the common monitoring and evaluation framework, which comprises of rules, procedures and indicators that are used to assess the performance of the CAP.

Reports and findings

The reports and findings of evaluations and external studies are listed in seven categories:

Farmers and farming

2019

Best ways for producer organisations to be formed, carry out their activities and be supported

2017

Risk management in EU agriculture

2016

Agricultural inter-branch organisations in the EU

2015

Pilot project: exchange programmes for young farmers

Sustainability

2018

Progress in implementing the EU forest strategy

2017

Payments for agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment

2016

GHG mitigation policy and EU agriculture (EcAMPA 2)

2015

GHG mitigation policy options for EU agriculture (EcAMPA)

2014

Assessing farmers' costs of compliance with EU legislation in the fields of environment, animal welfare and food safety

Rural areas

2019

The impact of the common agricultural policy on generational renewal, local development and jobs in rural areas

2018

Development of the european cross border agribusiness model region

2017

Measures for agriculture carried out for the outermost regions and the smaller Aegean islands

2016

Ex-ante evaluations of rural development programmes 2014 - 2020

2014

Investment support under rural development policy

2013

Synthesis of SAPARD ex-post evaluations – update: Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania

2012

Ex-post evaluation of rural development programmes 2000-2006

Synthesis of mid-term avaluations of rural development programmes 2007-2013

2011

Potential for diversification of the rural sectors in Albania and Montenegro

2010

Employment, growth and innovation in rural areas

Synthesis of SAPARD ex-post evaluations

Ex-post evaluation of LEADER+

Research, innovation and technology

2018

Joint space-agriculture solutions on nutrient management

2016

Implementation of the European innovation partnership

Processing technologies and the absorption of water in poultry-meat

Preparatory action on EU plant and animal genetic resources

2015

Labelling of products from cloned animals and their offspring

Products and markets

2019

CAP measures applied to the wine sector

2018

Market developments and policy evaluation aspects of the plant protein sector in the EU

2016

Impact of EU trade agreements on the EU agricultural sector

Distribution of the added value of the organic food chain

2015

EU beef labelling rules

2014

Competitiveness of European wines

Modelling feed consumption in the European Union: update and improvement of the feed-model

Mandatory origin labelling for milk, milk used as an ingredient and unprocessed meats

CAP measures applied to the cotton sector (report available in French)

Market implications of veal and young cattle meat marketing standards

2013

Potential for marketing agricultural products of the ACP countries using geographical indications and origin branding

Assessing the added value of PDO/PGI products

Labelling of agricultural and food products of mountain farming

Analysis on future developments in the milk sector

Mandatory origin labelling for pig, poultry and sheep and goat meat

CAP measures applied to the apiculture sector

2012

Value of production of agricultural products and foodstuffs, wines, aromatised wines and spirits protected by a geographical indication

Price transmission in the sugar sector

CAP measures applied to the dairy sector

CAP measures applied to the wine sector (report available in French)

CAP measures applied to the cereals sector

2011

CAP measures applied to the dairy sector

CAP measures applied to the sheep and goat sector (report available in French)

Promotion and information actions for agricultural products

CAP measures applied to the sugar sector

Exceptional market support measures in the poultry and egg sector

2010

Marketing standards in the fruit and vegetable sector

Prospects for the market supply of wood and other forest products from areas with fragmented forest-ownership structures

Implications of asynchronous GMO approvals for EU imports of animal feed products

CAP measures applied to the hops sector

CAP measures applied to the durum wheat sector

CAP measures applied to the starch sector

2009

Economic impact of the abolition of the milk quota regime – regional analysis of the milk production in the EU

Modelling of feed consumption in the EU

CAP measures applied to the tobacco sector (report available in French)

Evaluation of measures applied under the common agricultural policy to the protein crop sector

Evaluation of measures applied under the common agricultural policy to the olive sector

Evaluation of measures applied under the common agricultural policy to the rice sector

2008

Development and marketing of non-market forest products and services

Functioning of land markets states under the influence of measures applied under the CAP

System of entry prices and export refunds in the fruit and vegetables sector

CAP measures applied to PDO and PGI

2007

Cotton sector in the european union

Effects of globalization on the economic viability of EU forestry

Economic analysis of the effects of the expiry of the EU milk quota system

Withdrawals and crisis management in fruit and vegetable sector

Common market measures for dried fodder  (report available in French)

Market measures in the beef and veal sector (report available in French)

2006

Implementing the energy crops CAP measures and bio-energy market

Impact of directive 2000/36/EC on the economies of those countries producing cocoa and vegetable fats other than cocoa butter

Evaluation of measures regarding processed tomatoes (report available in French)

Measures regarding fresh and processed citrus fruits (report available in French)

Measures regarding fresh and processed peaches, nectarines and pears (report available in French)

Impact of export measures and food aid on food security (report available in French)

2005

Common market organisation in the banana sector (report available in French)

Common market organisation for flax and hemp (report available in French)

Common market for pigmeat, poultrymeat and eggs

Common market organisation in the cereal sector

2004

Ex-post evaluation of the common market organisation for wine

2003

Common market organisation in the sector of raw tobacco (report available in French)

2002

Promotion policy for agricultural products  (report available in French)

Impact of community measures concerning the set-aside  (report available in French)

Community policy for starch ans starch products

Evaluation of the common market organisation for milk and milk products and the regulation on milk quotas (report available in French)

Impact of the main market organisation measures in the olive oil sector (report available in French)

2001

Assessment of Community oilseed policy

2000

Common organisation of the markets in the sheep and goatmeat sector

Common organisation of the markets in the sugar sector

1999

Common organisation of the markets in the durum wheat sector (report available in French)

Regulation and simplification

2019

Instruments applicable to state aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas

2018

Analysis of administrative burden arising from the CAP

2016

Mapping and analysis of the implementation of the CAP

2015

Cost of and good practices for FADN data collection

The information policy on the CAP

The measures of the health check regulation article 68

2014

Preferential agricultural trade regimes, in particular the economic partnership agreements

Previous reports and findings

Evaluations of market and income policies

Evaluations of rural development policies

External studies