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This policy insights article focuses on how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) supports animal welfare in the EU through four specific elements: conditionality; farm advisory services; rural development interventions under Pillar 2; and eco-schemes.

This policy insights article focuses on the value of data in making informed decisions concerning food system transitions, tackling environmental challenges and supporting rural communities. 


This policy insights article focuses on InvestEU's offer of improved investment choices for CAP Managing Authorities. With up to € 372 billion of investment anticipated to flow through InvestEU, Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funding can be used to attract this investment to strengthen the socio-economic and environmental resilience of rural Europe. 

This policy insights article focuses on connecting networks through clusters. Clusters are networks that unite stakeholders with mutual interests to work together to achieve benefits that could not be possible by the individual cluster member working alone. National Rural Networks (NRNs) have recognised these benefits and continue to build on their history of cooperation through regional clusters connecting rural Europe.

This policy insights article focuses on the protecting pollinators from pesticides. Around € 3.7 billion of the EU’s annual agricultural output is directly dependent on insect pollinators, but in recent decades the population of European wild-insect pollinators (bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and moths) has suffered significant declines. Modernising the way Europe’s farms use pesticides will be a game changing solution to halt this negative trend.

This policy insights article focuses on the EU’s ‘Fit for 55’. This package is helping Member States significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The ENRD has produced a wide range of useful information about climate action that can help rural Europe achieve climate-neutral ambitions. 

This is the highlights report of the 21st National Rural Networks Meeting held on 18 November 2021. The meeting focussed on the progress of NRN/NSUs with preparations for both the CAP Strategic Plans and the future national CAP networks, also on future networking activities, including regional networking clusters.