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- GdB News & Events -
Dear Friends and Supporters, 

we feel honored to bring you this anniversary issue. It has been 20 years since GdB was founded. We all appreciate your support. 
We wish to go at least another 20 years independent & influencing the European policy development.

- GdB Team
Groupe de Bruges, 20 years: Reflection by GdB President

"The first meeting was in the first week of February 1995 in the beautiful city of Bruges under the passionate leadership of Edgar Pisani, former French minister of agriculture and former European Commissioner. I will always remember two crucial remarks of this great statesman, who currently is 96 years old! 
  1. You are here just representing yourself, not your country, not your university, neither your NGO or political party.
  2. In our debates the question 'why is the other thinking different from me?' will be the leading principle. 
Based on these two principles we have created this independent and unique think tank about the future of European agricultural and rural policy as a crucial part of the construction of Europe as a whole. Given all the contradictions today in the EU, there is a great challenge for the next 10 years to keep the European project alive and to make it beneficial for all its inhabitants. Food and Agri will keep on playing a major part in this.

For myself it has been a joyful honor to chair the Groupe de Bruges over the last decade."
Arie van den Brand
(pictured below while moderating our 'Can EU CAP it?' launch event)
'Can EU CAP it?’ Project update

Special 20th Anniversary offer
We are happy to announce that the ‘Can EU CAP it?’ Project has been successfully launched on November 27 in Amsterdam. If you couldn’t attend, we are now happy to have a short summary video ready for you (with English, French, Italian & German subtitles).
The e-learning platform is now live. We encourage you to take an advantage of all the features that are offered, all at your own pace, at your own time.
We would like to raise your attention to the CAP Pro e-learning course. Thanks to a grant by the European Commission we can offer the CAP Pro course for a very attractive price.
For the occasion of celebrating 20 years, we decided to do something special. We calculated what should have been the price for CAP Pro in 1995, 20 years ago prices. The inflation over the last 20 years was 40.28% in total. Instead of the full price € 99.95, you will only pay € 59.70. Sign up anytime from now until February 5 to be eligible for this discount. (Limited time only.)

Please know that the student price remains € 9.95. This includes a certificate (in pdf) for those who successfully complete the whole course.
Come see us at the International Green Week next week! 

From January 16 - 25, 2015 Groupe de Bruges will be present at IGW - International Green week in Berlin, Germany. We will be present with an exhibition stand (Hall 3.2., stand 146) and will organise several events  during the week, including the launch of second CAP Basic video - Future of rural areas, CAP Game local competitions and workshop on January 24, on "The Future of Rural Areas and the new Common Agricultural Policy: towards a rural renaissance?"
- In Other News -
- Member's corner -

Innovative rural startups in the European Union: how they contribute to achieving the EU 2020 objectives 

GdB member, Anna Augustyn's view on the FERSP Workshop. “Innovative rural startups were in the spotlight on 2nd December 2014 at the European Parliament in Brussels. A workshop organised by the First European Rural Startup Platform (FERSP) gathered representatives of public and private sectors with a view to exchange over this idea, share good practice examples and propose further steps to promote rural startups in the EU. The discussion revealed … “ Read more here ...
- Meet the members -
We are happy to have another two new members to the Groupe de Bruges family. Ian Baker (read more about him below) and Anne van Doorn who will be introduced in our next issue. If you would like to become a member, please send your request through our website
Ian Baker
Ian is committed to the progressive evolution of the CAP so that it meets the widely varying needs of all parts of the EU and the accession states, their consumers and farmers. Ian currently runs a network-based consultancy with expertise in Environment and Rural Development; Catalys, established in 2012. 
Prior to establishing Catalys, Ian had a >20 year career in the UK public service,
working at all levels of rural development and implementation, including agri-environment and rural development policy and programmes and trans-national projects and partnerships.  Since 2012 he has led diverse project work through Catalys, including the development of the first Rural Development Programme for the Federation of Bosnia, several LEADER evaluations and an annual Rural Development Summer School in Croatia. 
- From GdB library -

We launched our new website recenty. Every month, we want to bring you a selection of best reading material that are in our extensive publication library or website. This month's reading includes: 
- Upcoming Events

IGW - International Green Week Exhibition
16-25 January, Berlin (Germany)

CAP Communication Networking Event 
29 January, Brussels (Belgium)

Conference & Civil society gathering on GOOD FOOD and GOOD FARMING: “Renewing civil society’s agenda towards sustainable food and agriculture”
10-11 February, Brussels (Belgium)
In this issue
* Groupe de Bruges celebrating 20 years - celebrate with us * 
* Groupe de Bruges at IGW in Berlin -  with #canEUCAPit on tour * 
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