Maximising the Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) environmental benefits by using eco-schemes

On 30  January the researchers of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) published ‘CAP 2021-27: Using the eco-scheme to maximise environmental and climate benefits’. The publication examines the eco-scheme proposal assessing the opportunities and risks of the new intervention as well as identifying what is needed to ensure that it reaches its full potential. It provides concrete recommendations on how to make the most of the CAP’s green architecture with the aim to mainstream sustainability in farming, using the Commission’s CAP proposal of June 2018 as basis, and drawing on the experiences of past reforms of the policy.


This publication comes at a crucial moment in the CAP negotiations to establish the next farmers support programme in the EU for the period 2021-27. Read the full report and the reactions on its main conclusions.


The report was produced by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and commissioned by IFOAM EU. To follow-up on this report, IFOAM EU and a team of researchers are working on a practical guide on how Members States can design Eco-schemes in the CAP strategic plans during the implementation phase of the policy.

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