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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

CAP reform : an exchange of views in the European Parliament

The meeting of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee which took place in Strasbourg on 20 October 2011 allowed for an exchange of views between MEPs and Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos about the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Commissioner Ciolos underlined his determination to cap the payment given to large agro-enterprises. “What we wish for is to have more coherence, more transparency and more clarity and justification of the way in which the payments will be attributed,” he added.

José Bové, Member of the European Parliament and Vice President of the Committees on Agriculture and International Trade showed his preoccupation about the degression beginning at 150.000 EUR. In his eyes, nothing will change and it will only be a marginal degression.

“I don’t think that the objective of the cap of payments is to hurt the big enterprises and that it fair to say that it is by definition a bad thing,” Commissioner Ciolos responded. For me, the problem is transparency in the way in which these payments are attributed. I think that 150.000 EUR as a starting point for the degression and 300.000 EUR as a cap are reasonable levels.”

The next meeting of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee will take place on 7 November 2011.

Source: CTA