Toward the CAP Health Check and the European Budget Review
This paper discusses the prospects for agricultural policy reform in the European Union (EU) arising from the 2008 Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP ) and the review of the European budget, due to be completed in 2009. Its aim is to locate the expected proposals of the Health Check in recent and potential future evolutions of the CAP; to review the proposals, situate them in a broader context of concurrent political processes and EU policy priorities; to discuss the extent to which they will frame the nature and trajectory of the debate; to consider the key players; and to discuss some of the issues that arise and desirable outcomes for 2013 and beyond.
It provides briefing information delivered during a "CAP Retreat" event organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in October 2007. The event involved key stakeholders drawn from civil society to discuss agricultural policy reform and was held in Brussels, Belgium.