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Lunch Debate: Reforming amid protests – How should the EU’s future Common Agricultural Policy address enlargement and climate change?

Tom Fisk / Pexels
Tom Fisk / Pexels

The shape of the future Common Agricultural Policy has implications for European strategic objectives, including the green transition and enlargement. This IEP Lunch Debate combines different national and European perspectives on the future of agriculture on the continent.

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 12:30 pm – Tuesday, 30 April 2024 02:00 pm

This event is in the past.

In early 2024, farmers across the European Union have launched massive protests with varying concerns, from Dutch farmers fearing nitrogen emission reductions to Polish farmers worrying about Ukrainian imports and German farmers protesting diesel tax breaks cuts. These protests also target European institutions due to the significant influence of the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Green Deal, and plans for enlargement. As the new European leadership after June 2024 elections faces the challenge of presenting the next multiannual financial framework, it must balance achieving the EU’s green transition with maintaining global competitiveness, pursuing an active trade policy, ensuring farmers' livelihoods, and preparing for potential enlargement. Debates surrounding potential reforms include incentivizing greener farming, capping or changing the structure of subsidies to farmers, and varying implementation speeds among member states.

This digital public Lunch Debate aims to explore potential avenues for the reform of the CAP in the next MFF (multiannual financial framework), the implications for overarching strategic objectives and the diverse national concerns likely to influence upcoming negotiations.

Before this lunch debate, IEP plans a separate digital panel in the project Ukraine Perspectives. Dr Oleg Nivievskyi, Assistant Professor and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Economics Studies at Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) will present a policy paper on the institutional challenges of adapting and implementing the CAP from a Ukrainian perspective.

Please register using the form below.

Date, time & place

Tuesday, 30 April, 2024

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (CEST)

Online via Zoom (link after registration)


Gijs Schilthuis, Head of Unit Policy Perspectives, DG AGRI, European Commission (EC), Brussels

Dr Bettina Rudloff, Senior Associate EU/Europe, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin

Pierre-Marie Aubert, Director, Agriculture and Food Policies Programme, L'Institut du développement durable et des relations internationals (IDDRI), Paris

Tatiana Nemcová, EU Agricultural Policy Consultant, BirdLife Europe, Brussels


Prof Dr Sebastian Lakner, Professor of Agricultural Economy, University of Rostock



About the Europe talks project: The IEP's Europe Talks bring together citizens, decision-makers, academics and civil society to discuss challenges and perspectives on European integration. In this way, they promote the debate on European policy in Germany.

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