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.
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).
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,
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.