Reform of the CAP:
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 12/03/2013 First transmission: 12/03/2013
- MEP's debate
MEPs have debated today four legislative proposals and 8,000 amendments to reform the Common Agricultural Policy. This reforms aim to secure a stable supply of high quality food for EU consumers insisting, at the same time, on a better protection of the environment. Some of the reforms, that will have to be finally agreed by Member States, are to ensure that direct payments are sent only to active farmers and not to land owners such as airports or sport clubs, if they not farm; to introduce some transparency measures to show who exactly benefits from EU agricultural funding; to rejuvenate the sector giving higher subsidies to young farmers; and to make farm greener introducing more flexible measures which would reflect the size of the farm and their impact on the environment. That is, how to made farming greener, less bureaucratic and more competitive without threatening Europe's food supply.
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||SOUNDBITE (German):Birgit SCHNIEBER-JASTRAM, (EPP, DE), speaking on behalf of the DEVE committee:
"In particularly now in this time of crisis we need to understand that all inefficiencies in agriculture policy need to be removed, we need to take advantage of this and this is what we owe the tax payer."
||SOUNDBITE (German): Monika HOHLMEIER, (EPP, DE), speaking on behalf of the CONT committee:
"There are silly barriers for harmless errors concerning the size which should be defined in accordance to the situation in the country and should perhaps not be unified. Concerning the case of a crisis, there should be clear criteria who should be responsible for the decisions and regards the financial burden that it does not fall on only few countries, but all member states so that there isn't a conflict between member states that could hinder the support in times of crisis."
||SOUNDBITE (Danish): Dan JØRGENSEN , (S&D, DK), speaking on behalf of the ENVI committee:
"There are some measures which make the agriculture sector more green, unfortunately the Commission proposal is being watered down. Not by us in the Environment committee, we have proposed to strengthen the proposal, but by the Agriculture committee here in the Parliament. If we look at biodiversity in Europe, it is going down, if we look at the contamination of water, most comes from agriculture and we should ask the Commission to make sure that some of the compromises that we have from the Agriculture committee will be harmful for the environment and therefore we cannot support them."
||SOUNDBITE (German): Karin KADENBACH , (S&D, AT), speaking on behalf of the ENVI committee:
"Many of the food scandals are based on the type of agriculture that we in Europe as a sophisticated society should no longer accept. The compromise moves in the right direction to make sure that this type of agriculture can make progress but in certain areas is doesn't go far enough, to make sure that we get lasting changes. I'm the rapporteur of rural development and here because the money going to risk management a lot of the funds are removed for ECHO services, for the development of social areas, all of this is going lost."
||SOUNDBITE (French): Catherine GRÈZE , (ALDE, FR), speaking on behalf of the REGI committee:
"There was no crop rotation, the water and pesticides directive was not observed and many other things, we have also the GMO question as well. Since Parliament can express its position in its new capacity for the 1st time, how long are we going to subsidise modern epidemics? Surely we should worry more about the health of our children and less about our accounts."
||SOUNDBITE (English): George LYON , (ALDE, UK):
"We want to ensure that the flexibility and compromises is giving to Member states in gaining is not used to water down the environmental impact of greening. That is why we support the idea of equivalence and we want the Commission to be judge and jury in ensuring that any flexibility used by Member states delivers the same environmental impact."
||SOUNDBITE (English): George LYON , (ALDE, UK):
"We will also support the transparency measures so that the public can see quite clearly what the money is being spend on, who the recipients are. I hope the Parliament and its vote tomorrow will back these changes and deliver a strong mandate for the negotiators to ensure that we do deliver that more sustainable agriculture, one that can produce the food that we need, while at the same time tackling climate change and preserving precious resources."
||SOUNDBITE (German): Martin HÄUSLING, (Verts/ALE, DE):
"Let us make sure that through these moneys we don't want to feed agriculture industry, we have to make sure to strengthen the farmers and protect them and achieve a fair distribution. And that is when we are talking about capping, a 100.000 per company for undertaking should be enough as far as we are concerned, the smaller farms need to get more opportunities, therefore they need to get more funding."
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