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Dear Friends, 

We bring you the newest edition of our Newsletter, where you can read about several events that are taking place, reports and contributions by our Groupe de Bruges members.

Thank you for your support! 

- GdB Team
Groupe de Bruges’s scoops another grant to develop CAP Cook Book
Last week Groupe de Bruges received news from the European Commission that its proposal for the development of a new book on the CAP had been selected. The grant is awarded in the framework of the information measures relating to the common agricultural policy. We will keep you updated on further developments.
'Can EU CAP it?' Project's new Partner: Fondation de France
We are proud to have Fondation de France as a new partner on board for the 'Can EU CAP it?' e-learning platform. The FdF is giving financial support for the platform, that is now fully functional. You can learn about the reformed CAP in our CAP Pro course that is available in four languages (English, French, Italian, German). 
In this issue
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- In other news
  • From DG AGRI news: another 24 new Rural Development programmes worth 27 billion EUR from the EU budget have been adopted. They are expected to create over 40 000 jobs in rural areas and about 700 000 training places to foster innovation, knowledge transfer, more sustainable farming practices and stronger rural businesses. For more information, read here
     
  • On the topic of land grabbing, an initiative called 'Hand on the Land' is aiming to raise awareness on the land for food sovereignty.
    On a similar topic, a recent study by the Transnational Institute on "Extent of farmland grabbing in the EU" is available. (Publication by DG AGRI)
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  • LEADER Summer School in Croatia: Report by Groupe de Bruges member Ian Baker
     
  • Invitation to participate in a meeting organised by TRANSMANGO, an interdisciplinary research project, in which Groupe de Bruges member Natalia Brzezina is involved, funded by the EU that focuses on the vulnerability and resilience of European food systems. The meeting will take place on September 10, 2015 in Leuven. More information here.
     
  • Regionalization and of CAP and Constitutional rules on Regions in Italy. Guest contribution by Nunzia Lavigna.
     
  • Groupe de Bruges member, Joseph Rocher, is engaged as WTO negotiator on behalf of the ACP countries. In this paper he advocates a first step to include climate change in trade talks. Read the paper here (eng) / version française. You can express your opinion about his proposal in the Groupe de Bruges' poll
     
  • In the framework of UN International Year of the Soils we received an invitation from our member, John Brennan, to attend the National Organic Soil conference. Speakers include Dr. Elizabeth Stockdale (Soil Scientist at Newcastle University), Ian Tolhurst (Organic Grower and Author from the UK). To secure your place for this excellent Conference, please contact Margaret oninfo@nots.ie.
     
  • Invitation to the 27th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth under the topic "Learning-sharing-creating", organized by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food. The workshop can be understood as a permanent training centre for the mutual exchange of experiences and ideas in the agrarian sector. More information can be found on this website. Application for participation can be found here
- Meet the members
We are happy that new members are joining Groupe de Bruges Network every month. Dilyana Slavova (read more about her below), Matthieu Lacour Veyranne (France) and Nana Phirosmanashvili (Georgia), who will be introduced in our next issues.
If you would like to become a member, please send your request through our website
Dilyana Slavova is the President of the Commission for agriculture, Rural Areas and Environment (NAT Section) in the EESC. Her background is in International Relations, involvement in international projects of the World Bank and the non-governmental business sector.
"Agriculture was a challenge for me as it was a priority for Bulgaria in joining the EU and I was involved in the negotiating process. As President of the dairy association I protected the rights of Bulgarian processors to have the same transitional period for compliance with the EU requirements as their colleagues from the other new member states." 
As a member of the High Level Group on Milk at DG Agri in 2009 - 2010, she had the opportunity to develop close cooperation with stakeholders along the entire food chain in the sector, and become familiar with their needs and the challenges that they are facing. As member of the EESC NAT I was the General Rapporteur on CAP 2020 she was also a rapporteur on milk, promotional measures, direct payments, etc.
- Upcoming events
15 July - 1 August, 2015, Germany

National Organic Soil Conference
July 6, 2015, Ireland

Call for papers! EAAE Seminars

TRANSMANGO meeting
September 30, 2015, Belgium

Save the date! "Rethinking the links between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources".
Nov 26-27, 2015. Final conference of the international RETHINK research programme.
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