Presentation of the outcome of the negotiations on the CAP reform:
- extracts from the exchange of views with Simon COVENEY, Irish Minister for Agriculture and Dacian CIOLOŞ, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 26/06/2013 First transmission: 26/06/2013
A provisional political agreement on the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been announced today in the European Parliament. The deal between Parliament, the Commission and the Irish EU presidency has been presented by the chair of the EP's agricultural committee as well as the three MEPs in charge of steering the reform through EP, a representative from the Irish presidency and the commissioner for agriculture. European Parliament gained powers over the CAP, EU budget and other policy areas under the 2009 Lisbon Treaty reforms. Now, MEPs are confident that there will be a shift in power from the agricultural ministers who previously held the bulk of decision making over CAP. Since March, when the four packages of legislation that make up the next CAP were approved by lawmakers, MEPs have re-written parts of the EC's original proposal and worked through 42 rounds of negotiations with national ministers and the Commission.
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||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Paolo DE CASTRO (S&D, IT), Chair of the EP's Agriculture Committee: "I wish to remind everyone that there are some points of this reform on which we did not negotiate, the points included in the so-called 'negotiating box' on financial perspectives, and we cannot express opinions on that subjects because we didn't negotiate on them; there will be left to the MFF negotiation table with the hope that they will find a solution for them".
||SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Luis Manuel CAPOULAS SANTOS (S&D, PT) one of the MEPs responsible for steering the reform through Parliament: "On points which are very important to Parliament such as the ban on dual payments, there will be no dual payments to farmers. We managed to incorporate greater transparency and fairness on the CAP on this. Also we managed to strengthen the green aspect of the CAP. Nearly a third of the budget will be devoted to environmental aspects."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Michel DANTIN (EPP, FR), one of the MEPs responsible for steering the reform through Parliament: "There are parts of the agreement which will allow us to have greater predictability on the market and to have concerted measures which can guard against crisis. Obviously, we in the European Parliament are not the ones who will regulate the way these mechanisms work, it is up to the players to do it."
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Giovanni LA VIA (EPP, IT), one of the MEPs responsible for steering the reform through Parliament: "In the forthcoming program in period financial discipline will become a very important instrument for implementing the policy. We'll have fewer resources so measures to reduce resources will enable us to apply financial discipline. In article 25.2 the Commission and the Council admit that we (the EP) should be a real practical part of the application of this discipline."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Simon COVENEY, Irish Minister of Agriculture, on behalf of the Irish EU presidency: "38% of the MFF in the first year at least is the CAP. For my own country, that's the equivalent over the next 7 years of a 12 billion euro package for farmers in Ireland. And all of you have similar significant budgetary concerns."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Simon COVENEY, Irish Minister of Agriculture, on behalf of the Irish EU presidency: "For the farmers in this room, for those who represent the agri-food industry in this room: we now have certainty in terms of options for countries, in terms of how we pay farmers, how we support farmers, how we support innovation, how we support and prioritize young farmers to bring forward a new generation who can produce food in a more sustainable way and in a more efficient way, and in a more productive way than has been the case in the past."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Simon COVENEY, Irish Minister of Agriculture, on behalf of the Irish EU presidency: "As a former MEP, the Parliament have in no small way ensured that there is a European Parliament mark on this reform. They have been equal partner in this reform."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Dacian CIOLOŞ, Commissioner for Agriculture: "We have achieved the idea of greening direct payments. 30% of direct payments now, which represent the large majority of CAP, will now go towards agricultural practices which are not just sustainable, but also fully in line with the objectives of sustainable farming."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Dacian CIOLOŞ, Commissioner for Agriculture: "We have also kept for specific situations the possibility of coupled payments which will go to certain sectors in certain regions so that we can provide special support for fragile areas which are particularly important for the territorial balance."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Dacian CIOLOŞ, Commissioner for Agriculture: "Thanks to the Parliament amendments we've been able to build a CAP which will be better managed in future. We don't just have the responsibility to make good use of the tax payers' money and channel it into clear priorities, but we also have the responsibility to guarantee proper management of these funds and we now have strengthened the instruments for that to happen. The instruments will be stronger and easier to use by administration and farmers."
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