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Friday, 04 March 2011

Future of the CAP : France finds two new allies

Bruno Le Maire pursues his diplomatic offensive. After his visit in Poland, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Finland, the French agriculture minister received his Portuguese and Romanian counterparts in Paris. Subject of their discussions: the establishment of a new, strong Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from 2014. “France and Romania aim for a strong CAP that is based on two complementary pillars, which would guarantee the continuation of farming activity on European territory,” according to a Franco-Romanian press release. On the other hand, Paris and Lisbon insist on an “equal distribution of CAP funds between the member states”. They speak out in favor of a simple and budget-compatible “greening” of the aid attributed to farmers. Both statements are in favor of a CAP budget that “meets the ambitions” and of a “new regulation of the markets in order to protect farmers from price volatility”. Romania and Portugal also welcome the Franco-German position that has been published in mid-September. Paris and Berlin speak out in favor of a strong CAP and against any renationalization of the aid attributed to farmers.