Public opinion in the European Union is broadly favourable to key elements of the CAP reform package. European citizens agree with the idea of setting up an upper limit on direct payments to farmers, to link these payments to environmental protection and to help small farmers. Local and mountain products should be better identified and the names of the beneficiaries of CAP support should be public.
For the latest "Eurobarometer" survey on the CAP 26,713 European citizens aged 15 and above were interviewed in May 2011 in all 27 EU Member States.
- Almost half of all EU citizens (47%) support an upper limit on subsidies.
- More people back a link between payments and environmental protection all across the EU than support environmental protection that relates to specific areas only.
- The contribution that small farms make to the social life of rural areas, their importance to the rural economy, and their need to modernise are all seen as valid reasons for giving further assistance to small farms.
- Nine out of ten people agree that buying local products is beneficial and that the EU should help to promote their availability. Almost half of all respondents say they find local products hard to identify.
- 65% of respondents agree that there are benefits in buying mountain products. Fewer people (37%) agree that mountain products are easy to identify.
- A clear majority of EU respondents (62%) believe that the names of the beneficiaries of CAP support and the amounts they receive should be publicly accessible.