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Research Papers 2014

Synopsis: Below you will find details of research publications relating to the work of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development, published during 2014.

CAP Reform 2014–20: EU Agreement and Implementation in the UK and in Ireland (updated)

- Date: 03/11/2014 - Author: Mark Allen (RaISe), Emma Downing (HoC Library),Tom Edwards (SPICe), Nia Seaton (NAW Research Service), Maggie Semple (Houses of the Oireachtas Library and Research Service)

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package for 2014-2020 has been finalised and Member States are using 2014 as a transitional year as they prepare to introduce new Basic Payment Schemes and new Rural Development Programmes. This paper updates the November 2013 version which was prepared whilst many issues were still the subject of consultation. It sets out the main implementation decisions of the four countries of the UK, and also of neighbouring Member State Ireland, in relation to the new reform package. The new agreement allows Member States and their devolved administrations a great deal of flexibility regarding how they implement the provisions


Rural isolation, poverty and rural community/farmer wellbeing – scoping paper

- Date: 18/06/2014 - Author: Mark Allen

This scoping paper explores the topical issues of rural isolation, poverty and rural community/farmer wellbeing, which have been identified as topics of interest by the Members of the ARD Committee.


The Reservoirs Bill

- Date: 13/02/2014 - Author: Mark Allen

This Bill paper provides an overview of the Reservoirs Bill as introduced to the Assembly on the 20th January 2014. The paper also identifies those areas within the Bill which may be contentious and, where relevant, compares similar legislation within England, Scotland and Wales


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