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Friday, 01 April 2011

CONCORD calls for more coherent CAP for the ACP countries

In the context of current discussions on the reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Concord’s proposals for the reforms were presented during a debate with the ALDEPAC (group of ALDE MEPs and associated ACP MPs) in the European Parliament. The proposals for a “CAP that is more coherent  with the development of agriculture in ACP States” were presented by Romain Philippe (Concord secretariat) and Pascal Erard (CFSI). Concord stresses that “the debate on the CAP reform 2014-2020 does not sufficiently take account of the international dimension and of the impact that this policy has on the development of Southern countries and on their food security in particular”. Civil society organisations have repeatedly pointed out that the Lisbon Treaty changes have established a legal obligation for the EU to put development policy objectives, in particular the eradication of poverty, at the centre of its cooperation with developing countries. As a consequence there is a requirement to ensure that any policy that affects developing countries must be assessed for its impact on the countries development strategies.Concord points to the repeated concerns expressed about the impact of CAP subsidies on ACP countries’ agriculture development and calls on ensuring that there are effective mechanisms in place for ACP states to define, promote and protect their agricultural policies when domestic production in these countries is directly affected by subsidised imports resulting from the CAP. An ACP-EU Food Security Observatory would enable the evaluations necessary on the impact of European policies that could provide the basis for the implementation of this kind of protection.