Emmanuel Petel

Policy officer at the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

 Emmanuel Petel is a policy officer at the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) at the European Commission. Currently, he is working on the integration of environmental concerns into the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in particular in relation to soil health and carbon sequestration and on the promotion nature-based practices such as agroforestry, agroecology, regenerative agriculture. 

During last programming period (2014 2022), he led a team to manage a “greening” payment: 30% of the direct payments granted to the farmers who respected a first set of basic practices: crop diversification, maintaining existing permanent pasture, having ecological focus area on the arable land. As regards the CAP post 2023, Emmanuel Petel has been involved in the implementation of a new greening architecture (enhancing certain requirements and providing a new funding opportunity such as eco-scheme). Therefore, since 2022 he has contributed to assess the strategic CAP plan for some Member States, in order to achieve a better ambition in relation biodiversity and protection of soil. 

Emmanuel Petel in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) is taking part in the development and discussion for a new legal framework for soil protection, specifically regarding the soil monitoring law proposal.