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- GdB News & Events -
Dear Friends and Supporters, 

In this December issue we hope you will get to know our unique 'Can EU CAP it?' Project platform and its features. We not only  launched the CAP Pro course, but also our first CAP Basic video and the CAP Game with exciting European competitions.

The holiday time is upon us - we would also like to take this time to wish you happy holidays and happy New Year! We hope you will join us back in 2015. 

- GdB Team
'Can EU CAP it?’ Project

The official launch of the project by Minister for Agriculture Sharon Dijksma, took place last week (Nov 27) during a public debate at De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam: 'Closing the gap on the CAP: young urbanites and young farmers discuss with each other about the future of farming’. Miss Dijksma stressed the need for farmers to engage with citizens directly to better explain the vital importance of agriculture to address the major challenges of today and tomorrow and to discuss with them how farmers can better meet societal demands for better and more sustainably produced food”. Read more here ...
The e-learning

platform is now live! 
The platform consists of five parts: 

CAP Game is a fun way to learn about the Common Agricultural Policy aimed at young people. In addition they have the opportunity to join the EU wide competition from 15th November until March 1st 2015 and win a fully funded three day trip to Rome.   
CAP Basic is a series of 4 videos that will give you a visual overview of the main topics of the Common Agricultural Policy. Learn your CAP basics in a series of 10 minute videos - and share it with your network!
CAP Basic video: Future of Farming
CAP Events is a series of 4 events organized across Europe. Please, go to the website to find out more.
CAP Pro is a comprehensive e-learning course on the Common Agricultural Policy.
The course can be followed in any order, at any time and at your own pace. A certificate will be issued for those that successfully complete the whole course. Please check the website for rates and discount options.
Download & share our multilingual CAP Pro brochure in 4 languages here.
CAP Forums is a free space where everybody can share their opinions and experiences of the CAP and the learning platform, provide feedback and discuss with experts and other participants. 

Download & share our multilingual brochure on the CAP project in 4 languages here.
Territorial cooperation initiative enters new stage

On 1st December 2014 the Groupe de Bruges organised another successful meeting on the topic of ´territorial cooperation for the provision of public goods in the context of the new CAP´. Following two earlier conferences a common manifesto and work programme have been finalised and discussed with all participants. Also, a Steering Group has been formed, representing a wide diversity in types of bottom up approaches from across Europe. The Steering Group will be responsible for the further development of a European network of these initiatives. Some 35 people, representing a wide range of stakeholders, were present as the Steering Group presented its first results and ambitions for the future during a meeting on December 1, 2014 at the EESC in Brussels. Read more here ... 
New Groupe de Bruges website

Last month we launched our new website This month's selection of reading material includes: 
- In Other News -
- Member's corner -

ERDN conference in Chisinau by our member

Dan-Marius Voicilas’s view on the ERDN conference in Chisinau ( “ERDN conferences have a long tradition and cooperation within its members is intense with scientific results that reflect the common goals initially set which suit the overall integrated EU policy. … Empirical or theoretical contributions and intense debates revealed that in rural areas of the countries represented are common objectives and problems specific to … “ Read more here ...
Meet our new member!
We are glad to have our newest member Natalia Brzezina on board! Natalia's expertise lies within food chain systems and European food system. We will feature her bio in our next issue.
- Upcoming Events

Conference:  "2024 prospects for EU agricultural markets" (Live web stream) 
5 December, Brussels (Belgium)

EUFoodChat: #TTIP: Perspectives on food & farming
8 December, 12h CET (online via @EUFoodChat)

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
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