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Monday, 30 May 2011

A new dawn for the CAP: greener farming and more secure food supplies

If the EU's future Common Agricultural Policy is to enjoy the support of all EU taxpayers, it must be equipped to provide food security and environmental protection, create new jobs and provide renewable energy, argued the EP Agriculture Committee on Wednesday. This will mean keeping the EU agriculture budget unchanged so that farmers have a reasonable incentive to meet these new challenges. The committee is seeking to influence the upcoming legislation on the reform and modernisation of the EU farming sector, a process which is running in parallel with discussions on the EU's multiannual budget. "This is a clear signal to [Agriculture] Commissioner Ciolos that the new direction for the CAP post-2013 is the one that Parliament is setting and the Commission will have to put forward legislative proposals accordingly", said Albert Dess (EPP, DE), who drafted today's resolution for the Agriculture Committee. Committee chair Paolo De Castro (S&D, IT) said "Today's vote is the outcome of a lengthy work process that, as usual, involved all the political groups and has now set out the main principles to govern the new CAP", namely objective criteria for payments including employment, a new "green" element, more flexibility for Member States and a dedicated budget line in the event of market crises.

Source: European Parliament