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Friday, 23 November 2012

ECVC: No to the decline in the EU and CAP budget

The European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) calls on the EU not to endorse the proposal of the President of the European Council H. Van Rompuy.
 On the eve of a major EU summit on its financial perspectives 2014-2020, ECVC, which groups farmers’ and agricultural workers’ organisations of Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, and Turkey, with the objective is the struggle for more fair food and agricultural policies, notes European Union deprives the citizens of real perspectives for a mutually supportive and sustainable Europe. The CAP should give priority to a sustainable family farming producing for local/regional market, with a wealth of jobs, diversity and landscapes, ECVC says.
ECVC also indicates a series of facts to which the EU should pay particularly attention, as: that the regulation is much less expensive to the EU budget than deregulation; that the priority given to international competition, to production at the lowest cost to export on a deregulated global market is expensive for taxpayers; and that if the EU wants to maintain an important CAP budget, this one must be legitimate in the eyes of the taxpayers, given that the opinion of the EU Court of Auditors, the distribution of direct payments between farms and between Member States is too uneven, even in the reform proposal.
Van Rompuy’s proposal for the EU 2014-2020 budget reduces the CAP budget of 6% for the 1st pillar and 9% for the 2nd pillar.

 

Source: ECVC