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Commission’s proposal for a CAP Reform: a good step forward!

Today, the European Commission presented its legislative proposal on the Common Agricultural Policy.

EDP Vice-President and ALDE Group Coordinator of the Committee on Agriculture Ulrike Müller, explained: “It is clear that the current Common Agricultural Policy needs to be modernised, simplified and should be more efficient. Therefore, it is good news that the Commission’s proposals contain simplifications of controls and inspections for farmers, with greater flexibility for Member States.’

She pointed out that: “We have been calling for more flexibility for years now and also asked for setting the right incentives for farmers to become more environmental friendly by introducing the new eco-schemes. Finally, this has been taken on board. Moreover, the Commission aims with its proposals at making the payment scheme for farms in the EU more balanced, with a stronger focus on small and medium holdings.

She also added that: “The agriculture sector is facing major global challenges, such as long-term food security, along with environmental degradation. We have to address these challenges, foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry, and boost digitalisation and innovation in the sector through training and research. The Commission’s proposals are a good step forward into that direction. We are ready to pick them up and to work on them within the European Parliament to achieve the best result possible for the EU’s agriculture community."

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