The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been a leading policy of the European integration since its inception. Being a policy that brings together all the Member States of the EU, CAP’s main purposes are to ensure food security in a regional market of 500 million consumers, improve agricultural productivity and innovation, promote rural development and environmental sustainability. Passing through several phases of reformation, CAP still represents the cornerstone of the European Union architecture. However, almost every chapter of CAP’s legislation has been also a source of contention and criticism within the European borders.
EUE will update this section on further developments on the Common Agricultural Policy. In addition, we will offer wide perspectives and technical analysis about its effects on rural economies and communities.