A thriving agricultural sector will be of strategic importance in Europe's future development, not only in ensuring food security, preserving the environment and protecting the countryside, but also in facing new challenges such as climate change while providing a fair standard of living for farmers.
The successive reforms of the past decade have modernised the common agricultural policy. As Commissioner with responsibility for Agriculture and Rural Development I will continue to drive this process of adaptation and restructuring, to adapt to a changing and more challenging European and global environment.
The Commission department under my political responsibility is the Agriculture and Rural Development Directorate General.
If you want to know more about the policies in my portfolio, you can explore the "Agriculture and Rural Development" web site which gives you all the background information and latest news on the common agricultural policy.