Developing a More Comprehensive Rationale for EU Funding for the Environment – paper published

This IEEP paper ‘Developing a More Comprehensive Rationale for EU Funding for the Environment’ for the Land Use Policy Group’s (LUPG) evaluates the case for using state intervention to reverse existing environmental degradation and deliver improvements, before focusing specifically on the rationale for intervening at the European level.

It argues for the ‘added value’ of an EU-wide environmental policy framework, with a proportion of funding originating from a common budget. Finally, the paper asserts that re-orientating the CAP post 2013, so that it supports the provision of environmental goods and services, strengthens the case for having a common policy at EU level.

The publication of the LUPG’s vision for the future of the CAP signalled the start of a process rather than an end point. During the launch event in March 2009, a substantial number of questions were raised by the various speakers and members of the audience. In response, LUPG commissioned a series of IEEP discussion papers to address these questions. It is hoped that these papers will prove useful in informing the continuing debate on the future of the CAP after 2013. This is the third in a series of four discussion papers.

Full version of the paper

First paper in the series ‘Achieving a transition away from CAP direct payments’