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Property rights are a core issue for ELO members and partners. 2015 was a busy year for the Secretariat who organized or participated in several conferences or debates linked to ownership or land management, taking place as well in Brussels as in various Members States i.e. in France, Poland and Romania.

 

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The ELO believes that private ownership and property rights are the foundation of prosperous rural areas and continued entrepreneurship. In order to showcase our thinking, the secretariat has demonstrated that the best solutions for different land 

uses such as farming, forestry, hunting, outdoor activities and many others can be found in the maintenance of private ownership and property rights; these form the basis that allow rural areas to safely develop their businesses and deliver the benefits to the broader community.

In order to defend these rights, the ELO actively supports its members and partners when it comes to legal procedures in areas such as inheritance, non-discrimination for private owners when it comes to state support, as well as expropriations by Member States. For example, this year the ELO has supported its Spanish members when an increasing number of local administrations wished to designat

e every path in their municipality of public use, even when these have historically been private.

All year long special attention was dedicated to the issue of access to agricultural land, especially through national policies discussed or implemented mainly in the so-called New Member States. The European Commission has opened infringement procedures against Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia related to national restrictions on investment in agricultural land (formal decision, 26th March 2015). In its procedures, the EC has asked their respective governments to comment on their (new) laws which regulate the sale and purchase of agricultural land, observing that “these laws contain several provisions which, under EU law, may be considered to restrict the free movement of capital and freedom of establishment. Any restriction of these basic Treaty freedoms must be justified and comply with the principles of non-discrimination and proportionality. While Member States are permitted to set their own rules to promote rural development, to keep land in agricultural use and avoid speculative pressure on land prices, this must be done within the limits of EU law1 ”.

As the transitional period, where some strictures on land sale were permitted, ends in Poland in May 2016, the ELO has seen worrying new national proposals which may present a distortion of the EU internal market. While the ELO agrees that each Member State can freely choose policies towards agricultural land such as promoting land-lease contracts between private agents and the state, we insist that such solutions should not be discriminatory towards any EU citizen, inside the Member State or out.

A second issue with regards to property rights is the debate on access to agricultural land, especially when placed in the context that many see China’s growing presence in African agriculture as land grabbing. The ELO believes that there is no similar process going on in Europe, and will therefore continue to secure the right to access to land by all EU citizens or enterprises within the European Union. In 2016 ELO will continue to advocate for property rights demonstrating best practices in land and forestry management, i.e. during the opening events of the 9th FFA or organized directly by its members (in April in Italy, in August in France, in October in Poland) or by participating in such projects as FORBIO or REVAB to foster responsible ownership or management of various types of land.

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ELO Pilot Twinning project

ELO Pilot Twinning project In parallel to this process, the ELO at the request of some managers of Natura 2000 areas, launched in June 2015 an own initiative called “Pilot Twinning”, after a series of bilateral meetings between 5 sites located in Altlantic Biogeographical Region. These sites are managed either by private owners or with a strong component of private properties on the site. They all develop both rural and touristic activities on the site. A morning working session with the participation of the European Commission was held on 11 June at the Herkenrode Abbey to enable the 5 site managers to exchange experience and discuss concrete management issues with the DG Environment representative. The 5 twinning participants are: 1. Midden Limburg – 3water area (BE) which received the first Natura 2000 Award in 2014 in the category ‘reconciling interests’. 2. Back-Littoral mires of the Somme (FR) 3. PNR Caps et Marais d’Opale - St Omer (FR) 4. Mazerolles estate (FR) 5. De Hoge Veluwe (NL) Replication to other biogeographical regions and Natura 2000 sites is foreseen. Should you be interested please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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ELO's General Considerations on Modernising the CAP

Press Release: Global and European challenges demand fully funded CAP: Global and European challenges demand fully funded CAP

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

After almost two years of negotiations a political agreement on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been reached on 26 June 2013. Since then, the European Commission adopted several packages of delegated (DA) and implementing acts (IA) for the fully implementation of the reformed CAP from January 2015.

During this year Members States struggled to im - plement the new rules, which provide a higher degree of flexibility for national governments to adapt those rules to their realities. These rules are considered more complex than in the previous re - form, not only due to the introduction of greening measures and a higher degree of flexibility, exacer - bated by the negotiation process. Therefore, is not surprising that, since accepting to assume the position of Commissioner for Agricul - ture, Phil HOGAN has been focusing on CAP sim - plification. Among the five policy areas identified, the new greening rules are seen to lead to many of the technical problems and impractical demands. In 2016, the ELO expects to see the results of the twelve-week public consultation on the greening measures and the subsequent proposals to be pre - sented. A package of changes to DA an IA is expect - ed before the summer 2016 and changes should become applicable as of claim year 2017. While Brussels is still in the aftermath of a long, complicated and controversial CAP reform, the dis - cussions will start over the mid-term review of the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) and that of the CAP budget. The ELO established, as part of the ELO’s Policy Group (EPG), a Working Group to develop our vision for the European agriculture and the required features of the next CAP. Its first meet - ing took place in February 2015 and our thinking is expected to take form during 2016 in order to feed the discussions before the Commission presents its proposal in 2018.

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