2017 started with the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as policymakers seek to finalise a number of regulations affecting the environmental impact of agriculture. In addition to the big overhaul and greening of the CAP, the EU aims to curtail emissions from agriculture and land-use by concluding the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) and the snappily named proposal on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) regulation. Other initiatives that will be the focus of policymakers throughout this year include the fertilisers proposal that extends Single Market access to fertilisers from organic sources, the evaluation of plant protection legislation, the reform of organic agriculture, and the changes in the comitology procedure for GMO and pesticide approvals.
Will these measures be enough to address such persisting challenges as climate change and shrinking farmer revenues, in light of often divergent views among the European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission?
The agri-chemicals team at FTI Consulting Brussels offers you a step-by-step guide to the most important likely developments of 2017.
Authors: Mariana Varbanova, George Candon, Caroline Vogt and Giulia Forgnone.