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Thursday, 06 May 2010

Commissioner Cioloș welcomes new CAP transparency figures

Under EU rules on transparency, EU Member State Ministries of Agriculture have to publish detailed figures on recipients of Common Agriculture Policy funding in 2009, by midnight tonight (April 30)."While the Common Agriculture Policy provides many benefits to society such as safe and sufficient food supplies and support for the environment and rural employment, it is important for taxpayers to know how their money is being spent within the CAP," EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Dacian Cioloș stated. "I welcome the transparency initiative, and hope that our work with Member State Ministries of Agriculture in the last 12 months will ensure that the quality of data available is even better than it was last year – the first time that these figures were published."Commissioner Cioloș underlined the difficult year that farmers faced last year, and the particularly important role that CAP direct payments and other support measures played in supporting farm incomes in 2009. Commissioner Cioloș also recalled the public debate on the future of the CAP that he launched this month, and encouraged EU citizens from all walks of life to participate.

Source: European Commission