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Consensus and European Integration / Consensus et intégration européenne

An Historical Perspective / Une perspective historique

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Edited By Daniela Preda and Daniele Pasquinucci

Analysis of the formation and development of the consensus on European integration provides an interesting interpretative perspective for studying the history of the construction of a united Europe.
The authors of this volume examine the main reasons – ideological, political, cultural and economic – that have been advanced to encourage citizens to support the European project. The contributors also consider the initiatives proposed by the political and institutional actors involved for promoting this supranational project.
L’analyse de la formation et du développement d’un consensus pour l’intégration européenne représente une piste interprétative intéressante pour étudier l’histoire de la construction de l’Europe unie.
Dans ce volume, les auteurs examinent les principales raisons avancées – idéales, politiques, culturelles, économiques – pour obtenir le soutien des citoyens au projet européen. En outre, ils analysent les initiatives élaborées par les acteurs politiques et institutionnels impliqués dans le processus d’unification dans le but de promouvoir le projet supranational.

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The Evolution of the Consensus on European Integration. The Case of the Common Agricultural Policy (Filadelfio Basile & Domenico Spampinato)

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303 The Evolution of the Consensus on European Integration The Case of the Common Agricultural Policy Filadelfio BASILE* & Domenico SPAMPINATO** Introduction In the last 50 years the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has supported the European primary sector. In the 1990s the CAP was thoroughly reviewed, as it did not coherently go hand in hand with the economic period and international trade. After much debate, European citizen and stakeholders reached a consensus on proposals to reform it. The European CAP was reformed numerous times – in 1992, 1999, 2003 and 2007 – firstly to boost the competitiveness of the European agricultural sector and secondly to ensure the economic, financial and environmental sustainability of the CAP. The sustainability of the CAP is the new principle role of the policy review, in order to improve rural development, support local economic activities and protect the environment of rural areas. In this evolution of the CAP, debate on the future shape of this policy is gaining momentum as we move towards the end of 2013 and new overall EU budget allocations are fixed for the various policies for 2014 and beyond. A review is currently taking place regarding all aspects of the EU budget and the funding of the various policies post-2013. A political debate will follow with possible agreement on the principles and policy priorities. These will then become the basis for the preliminary drafting of the financial perspective for 2014-2020. The current overall funding package for the Common Agricultural Policy was fixed from 2007- 2013....

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