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EU: CAP and Enlargement -

An Opportunity for Nature and Environment ?

19 - 21 February 2003, Potsdam

The forthcoming enlargement of the European Union poses a major political, economic and ecological challenge for the EU, the Member States and the Candidate Countries. The EU is holding accession negotiations with the Candidate Countries and one of the last and most difficult chapters to be discussed is the agricultural chapter of the "aquis communautaire". In order to asses the impact of EU-Enlargement and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on environment and nature, various framework conditions and influencing elements, such as the mid-term review of Agenda 2000, have to be taken into consideration. The ongoing development of the CAP will result in political changes and influence the conditions under which certain instruments such as the agri-environment measures can be applied.

This conference seeks to:

  • Raise awareness of the future connection between EU-Enlargement, Common Agricultural Policy and environmental policy;
  • Deliver a platform for discussions and promote exchanges on the impact of the Common Agricultural Policy on nature and environment;
  • Examine and discuss various scenarios on effects of EU-Enlargement and the adoption of the CAP by the Candidate Countries on environment and nature;
  • Support experts, policymakers and stakeholders in synthesising scientific and political knowledge and thus integrating various policies (EU-Enlargement, CAP, nature conservation and environmental policy).

The Conference brings together an interdisciplinary selection of 70 experts including representatives of the Candidate Countries and the Member States from political and administrative bodies, research institutes and NGOs, representatives of the European Commission in the fields of EU-Enlargement, agriculture and nature conservation, and journalists.

The conference builds upon the findings of the preparatory workshop "EU-Enlargement: Impact of the CAP on Environment and Nature“, which took place in September 2001 in Bonn. Conference languages are English and German.

A summary of the conference results will soon be provided for Download.

Conference organised by Ecologic on behalf of:

BfN German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

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