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Thursday, 15 April 2010

Lyon kicks off debate on European farming policy beyond 2013

A draft report for the European Parliament recommends the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget amount be maintained at 2013 levels, but gives few details about regulation.On Monday, 12 April, MEPs in the Agriculture Commission began debating a draft report on the future of the CAP after 2013. The author of the report, British Liberal George Lyon, emphasizes the need for a strong CAP that ensures development “across all European territory” and has a significant budget. The report identifies five key building blocks, namely: Food Security and Fair Trade, Sustainability, Agriculture across Europe, Biodiversity and Environmental Protection, and Green Growth.The report highlights that “food security remains the central challenge for EU agriculture” in the context of increasing world population. In addition, the report recommends that “the CAP must provide immediate responses to the effects of the economic crisis on farming businesses such as the lack of access to credit for farmers, constraints on farm incomes, and increasing rural unemployment”. In contrast, the document offers fewer details about the regulatory measures that will be needed. Nevertheless, Lyon believes that “there has to be a minimum safety net within the future framework of the CAP in order to manage extreme market price volatility”.

Source: Euractiv