Agriculture  |  Events  |  04.10.2011

The CAP and rural areas

The Brussels office of Henrich Boell Foundation is organizing a joint event with the Ministry of Justice, for Integration and Europe of the German State of Hesse to discuss the required fields of action for the future development of rural areas and contribute to a strategic reorientation of the EU’s Agricultural Policy.

EVENT:  Conference

DATE: 2 October 2011

PLACE: Brussels, Belgium

The submission of the legislative proposals for a new EU Common Agricultural Policy is expected in late 2011. Rural development is expected to be a major part of the reform of the CAP. 

Rural areas are facing new and major challenges, such as tackling climate change, increasing international competition and the impacts of demographic change. How can we tackle such challenges with fewer resources?  What are the consequences for the future development of rural areas within the EU? These are some questions that this conference will try to address. 


  • Jorg-Uwe Hahn, The Minister of Justice for Integration and Europe of the State of Hesse
  • Nicola Beer, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the State of Hesse
  • Martin Hausling, MEP, Coordinator of agricultural policy of the Greens/EFA
  • Rudolf Moegele, EC, Deputy Director General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Luis Manuel Capoulas Santos, MEP, Coordinator of agriculture policy of S&D – Party
  • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of Copa-Cogeca
  • Hannes Lorenzen, Adviser of the Committee Agriculture and Rural Development of the EP
  • Katrin Brand, Head of WDR / NDR Radio Studio, Brussels
  • Alexander Tietz, Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung, European Union
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