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Friday, 04 March 2011

Agriculture : MEPs looked at a contested report

Proposals on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by German MEP Albert Dess meet a strong opposition from all groups. In his report, examined by MEPs of the Agriculture Committee on Monday 28 February, Dess suggests to "ecologise" the future CAP. The report lists eleven objectives, ranging from the reduction of erosions to obligatory rotation of crops, including innovation and the reduction of carbon dioxide. It suggests that member states use its “green catalogue” to further develop programmes to protect natural resources, which, contrary to normal procedures, would be financed entirely from the EU budget. Normally, the part of the CAP devoted to environment comes from both the member states and the EU budget. In the EU jargon, this mechanism is called “modulation”. Since 2007, member states have the right to transfer up to 20% of the CAP funds to programmes in favor of rural development.

Source: Euractiv.fr