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The territorial dimension of the Common Agricultural and Rural Development policy (CAP) and its relation to cohesion objectives

Thomas Dax and Gerhard Hovorka

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: An increasing focus on rural development issues has characterised the discussion of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. This reflects new societal demands for tasks and services provided by agriculture particularly in mountain and less-favoured areas (LFA). The regional distribution of CAP and Rural Development support underpins the argument that the territorial dimension implied by CAP reforms has not yet been taken sufficiently into account. The regional variation in the distribution of the LFA scheme between member states testifies this imbalance and underscores country specific priorities. LFAs will have to prove that they are more than a compensation measure, but already providing a range of multifunctional tasks.

Keywords: territorial impact; rural development; less-favoured areas; LFA scheme; CAP reform (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q01 R5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-11-08, Revised 2008-01-04
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