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Thursday, 16 December 2010

The CAP towards 2020

The 3059th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on  13-14 December 2010 held a policy debate on a Commission communication The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future. As viable food production was identified as the first main objective for the future CAP in the Commission communication, the Presidency organised the debate around this theme. For many delegations, the viability of food production is linked to and aid to the farm income. Payments should be seen as a compensation to the high level of EU standards compared to those applied in third countries. Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural sector would mean for some Member States an adaptation to the market and an orientation towards research and innovation while some others insist on the need for producers to organise themselves for a better balance in the food chain. Most of the delegations consider a support for natural constraints as necessary to preserve the diversity of agricultural landscapes. The future Hungarian presidency will organise two policy debates on this communication in January and February 2011. The themes of these debates will be the two other main objectives identified by the Commission in its communication: (1)  Sustainable management of natural resources and climate action; (2) Balanced territorial development.

Source: Council of the European Union