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Wednesday, 03 February 2010

Cioloş stops short talks on EU farm budget cuts

Dacian Cioloş, the EU's commissioner-designate for agriculture, pledged equal distribution of EU farm aid across the EU 27 and fair income for farmers during a three-hour confirmation hearing in the European Parliament on Friday (15 January). His vision for a strong post-2013 EU farm policy convinced members of the House and reassured farmers alike "The main priority of my mandate is to define the perspective of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013," said Cioloş, presenting his vision for his potential five-year mandate in the Barroso II Commission. The Romanian nominee for the European Commission said that the reformed policy should give farmers a stable and predictable environment, consumers safe and healthy food and taxpayers assurances that their money is being spent in an efficient and transparent manner. "Nothing achieved so far [with the CAP] can be taken for granted," he said, stressing that the main objectives of the policy are to ensure food security for Europe and a decent income for farmers.He also said that reducing the production capacity of European agriculture is not in the interest of the EU, pledging to keep a strong and well-funded EU farm policy even after 2013.

Source: Euractiv