Tribune européenne, Futuribles Journal n° 338

Géopolitique - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

The Common Agricultural Policy and its Reform

This month, the European column is devoted to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the oldest and most extensive of the European Union's common policies (dating from 1962 and accounting for 45% of the European budget). Apart from its initial objectives (increasing agricultural productivity, providing a fair standard of living for the agricultural population, stabilizing markets, guaranteeing security of supply and ensuring reasonable prices for consumers), the CAP today forms part of an approach involving respect for the environment and rural development. Nevertheless, as Jean-François Drevet reminds us here, the system that was set up in a climate of post-war shortages is not well-suited to present realities. Moreover, it is open to many criticisms regarding the size of its budget, the problems posed by enlargement and the inequality of the assistance provided, which favours large landowners. After reviewing the reforms begun in 1992 and 1999, Jean-François Drevet outlines the changes provided for in the Treaty of Lisbon and recommends taking advantage of the strong financial situation of the agricultural sector to carry through this reform.