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Wednesday, 02 June 2010

Farmers' group in appeal over agriculture policy

A parliamentary hearing on the EU's agriculture policy heard that "direct payments" to farmers "must continue" after 2013.  Gerd Sonnleitner said this was all the more important at a time of market volatility and growing world food demand. The hearing, organised by parliament's ALDE group, comes amid ongoing public consultation on the future of the common agriculture policy (CAP) after the next EU spending period in 2013. The CAP, a system of EU subsidies and programmes, represents some 48 per cent of the EU budget whose aim is to provide farmers with a reasonable standard of living, consumers with quality food at fair prices, and to preserve rural heritage. There has been considerable criticism of CAP and reforms of the system are currently underway reducing import controls and, possibly, the overall size of the budget.

Source: The Parliament.com