European Agricultural Policy

European Agricultural Policy

The Common Agricultural Policy is one of the most important areas in which EU countries cooperate, and is allocated approximately 40% of the EU’s budget. However, in its current form, this policy is not only not responding to contemporary challenges, it is actually aggravating significant environmental and social problems. And long-term it is threatening the food sovereignty of EU countries. The Heinrich Böll Foundation is working to begin a widespread debate in Poland to discuss the prevailing agricultural model, the effects of the CAP and its need for reform. We support those voices calling for public money to go towards reinforcing ecologically, socially and economically sustainable agriculture.

Agriculture Atlas: the changes needed in agricultural policy, in simple terms


The European agricultural policy requires environmental and social sustainability, and broad public debate. Such a change is only possible if EU funds mainly support farms – small and medium-sized ones in particular – that care about the environment, produce healthy food and sustain quality jobs.

By Ewa Jakubowska-Lorenz

Programme Coordination


The European Agricultural Policy Programme

In early 2018 we launched the European Agricultural Policy Programme in Warsaw. Because of the European Union’s planned reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, we want to work to initiate a debate and exchange of views between various actors on the effects of the CAP as it is currently functioning, and on the improvements it requires. 

By Ewa Jakubowska-Lorenz

Public funds for public services


The Wir haben es satt! (We’ve had enough!) demonstration for more sustainable agriculture has been drawing huge crowds for nine years. This year representatives of the Koalicja Żywa Ziemia (Living Earth Coalition) took part. 

By Ewa Jakubowska-Lorenz, Agnieszka Makowska

Do we know what we eat and are going to eat?


The challenges facing modern agriculture, changes going on in the countryside and a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy require an extensive public debate to be initiated, in the opinion of those striving for sustainable development.

By Ewa Jakubowska-Lorenz
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