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Online E-learning Course on the Reformed Common Agricultural Policy

The CAP Pro is an e-learning course on the Common Agricultural Policy for professionals as well students who need a comprehensive and accessible overview of 2014-2020 CAP reform.

All materials are scientifically validated.

Objectives and structure

The overall objective of the course is to analyse and show technicalities of the new Common Agricultural Policy in detail. There will be eight independent educational modules (in addition to an introduction module). Each module will contain a number of separate "Skill Pills”, i.e. brief lessons on specific topics. 
Participants have the option to follow individual skill pills, modules or the whole course.
However, only those who decide to follow all modules and reach a given objective in terms of score for the final test of the course will obtain a certificate.

Course content

Each module will contain: 

  • an entry test to verify initial knowledge;
  • a number of skill pills on specific topics, which are followed by verification tests to measure the knowledge acquired, surveys to collect opinions and reference materials in different formats to support users in deepening their knowledge;
  • an evaluation questionnaire to test the quality of the information disseminated.

All CAP Pro material will be available in English, French, German and Italian.

Module 0 - Introduction

Brief overview of the objectives of the information measure and presents the course. 

Module 1 - The general framework

Description of the objectives and the general framework of the new CAP. 

Module 2 - The Budget

The aim of this module is to illustrate the budget of the CAP as part of the total European budget and the mechanisms for assuring a fairer allocation of funds. It deals with financial aspects such as flexibility between pillars and convergence between Member States. 

Module 3 - Direct Payments

This module describes the new system of direct payments by presenting its compulsory and facultative components (basic payment, payment for young farmers, redistributive payment, support for areas with natural constraints, voluntary coupled support and small farmer scheme). It also shows the requirements (minimum thresholds, the new concept of active farmer, cross-compliance, agricultural practices) that are necessary to receive direct aids and the process of convergence within Member States.  

Module 4 - The Single CMO

This module analyses the instruments introduced by the CAP for assuring food safety and food security in Europe and supporting farmers to be more competitive. It focuses on market measures to balance the market and help producers at times of market difficulties, schemes to improve access to food, marketing standards, rules related to quality, support for participation by farmers in quality schemes, specific market measures and incentives for cooperation (producer organisations). 

Module 5 - Rural Development

This module deals with the contribution of the new CAP towards economic growth of rural areas and the reduction of territorial disparities. It analyses objectives and priorities of rural development policy, financing and coordination with other European Funds, contents of Rural Development Programmes, networking, monitoring and evaluation. 

Module 6 - International context

In this module, the CAP is evaluated in the context of the world outside Europe. The module analyses the role of the EU in international trade, world market effects of the CAP, international trade agreements and their effects on European agriculture and the role of Europe concerning the pressing topic of global food security.

Module 7 - National application of the CAP

This module describes the choices of Member States about the application of discretional rules established by the new CAP. In particular, it gives an overview on how Member States have implemented the new CAP. 

Module 8 - The future of the CAP

The objective of this module is to make an overall evaluation about the CAP and to show its future perspectives. 

Additional functionalities

The course will be part of a comprehensive and integrated e-platform. The platform will also contain illustrative videos on specific themes, a game on the CAP as well as a discussion space. The latter can be used by participants to exchange ideas and opinions, give feedback, contact tutors and participate in Live Q&A's and webinars.

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