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Thursday, 16 June 2011

European Parliament: More international responsibility in CAP reform!

The European Parliament is pushing for a stronger developmental focus in the current reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. In an opinion, the agriculture committee demands that every future decision of the Commission take development into consideration. Before, protestant development agencies and their umbrella organisation APRODEV had pushed for this position. “We want a reform of the CAP which does not only focus on the interests of domestic agriculture but also keeps in mind the external dimension of a globalised EU agricultural policy. The goal is, and has to remain, long-term worldwide food security,” said Francisco Mari, expert for global agricultural trade at the German protestant development service (EED). The critical opinion of the EP’s agriculture committee is a first step into the right direction. “So far, the reform proposals of the EU for the CAP reform lack international responsibility,” added Bernard Walter, expert for food security at the German NGO “Brot für die Welt”.

Source: EED