Common Agricultural Policy – Future developments of the 2. Pillar of CAP?


How a minimum of infrastructure could be maintained in rural areas? (c) Thünen-Institut/Heike Peter
Concentration of various infrastructures (post office, Lotto and municipal center) (© Thünen-Institut/Heike Peter)

Elaboration and analysis of proposals for further development of the 2nd pillar of EU agricultural policy

The 2. Pillar of CAP belongs to the Common Agricultural Policy, but simultaneously addresses the Cohesion Policy. It is situated between the poles of sector-related and regional policy. Furthermore, it must contribute to the overall climate and environmental EU-objectives. We analyse in our project current policy instruments and elaborate proposals for future adjustments.

Background and Objective

Rural development policy in Germany is mainly determined by EU-regulations. Therefore, we concentrate on the EU-proposals for the 2. Pillar of CAP. Recent activities dealt with the new legislation on rural development for the programming period 2014-2020.


We analyse options of well-designed measures supporting rural development. We take into account changing conditions like the CAP-reform, globalisation and demographic changes. We look at the requirements for new measures as well as at improvements of the effectiveness and efficiency of currently implemented measures.

Data and Methods

We mainly use results and expertise of other theme-related research and evaluation projects of Thuenen-Institutes and prepare their finding in view of our research questions: Is the design of the 2. Pillar 2014 – 2020 in line with the experiences of the former period? Does the 2. Pillar contributes to climate protection? Does greening provide an impetus for biodiversity?

Preliminary Results

We already published analyses with regard to the construction of the 1. and 2. Pillar and neighboring policy fields like regional policy (only available in German).


Involved Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • Federal Ministry of Food und Agriculture (BMEL)
    (national, öffentlich)


1.2003 - 12.2024

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Projekt type:
Project status: ongoing

Publications to the project

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  1. Weingarten P (2014) Ländliche Entwicklung - Anforderungen und Chancen aus Sicht der Wissenschaft. Landentwickl Aktuell 20:48-51
  2. Fährmann B, Grajewski R (2014) Programmierung: zwischen Formalismus und innovativen Förderansätzen. LandInForm(2):14-15
  3. Fährmann B, Grajewski R, Reiter K (2013) ELER-Maßnahmen ab 2014: Günstig oder wirksam. LandInForm(4):44-45
  4. Grajewski R, Fährmann B, Pollermann K (2012) Stellungnahme des Instituts für Ländliche Räume des Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Instituts (vTI) zum Antrag der Fraktion BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN "Strukturfonds zukunftsfähig für Schleswig-Holstein gestalten" : Umdruck Landtag Schleswig-Holstein 17/3531 [online]. Kiel: Schleswig-Holsteinischer Landtag, 10 p, zu finden in <> [zitiert am 25.04.2012]
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  5. Tietz A (2012) Was bringt der ELER künftig der Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft? LandInForm(2):42-43

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