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Janet Dwyer gave a presentaton in Dijon on 8 October.
The presentation was made to a group of 15 masters students at INRA AgroSup (one of the senior 'ecoles superieur' agricultural colleges of France, housed with a regional centre of the national institute for agricultural research - INRA - in Dijon).
It gives my own perspective on the UK's approach to the CAP and to its reform, which is based in the UK's tradition of centuries of fairly laissez-faire market economics, but which has been particularly strongly influenced in recent decades by the environmental movement and the opinions of environmental agencies and NGOs.
The strong push for 'greening' the CAP since the early 1990s has had the UK at its forefront and achieved steady progress in that regard, but we can now see a change since 2010, with the election of a new Agriculture Commissioner in Brussels, the launch of a new and less neoliberal round of CAP reform and a general weakening of the UK voice in Europe, linked to growing Euroscepticism at home. Looking ahead, it is much less certain that UK opinion will continue to influence how the CAP develops.