Under EU rules on transparency, EU Member State Ministries of Agriculture have to publish detailed figures on recipients of Common Agriculture Policy funding in 2009, by midnight tonight (April 30).
“I fully support the idea of a more equitable distribution of direct payments between member states. With the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, we will have to find new criteria for these payments, to address citizen’s expectations. The objectives of these payments have to be clear to all European tax-payers”, declared Commissioner Cioloș during a meeting with the Estonian Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Helir-Valdor Seeder, in Parnu , Estonia, on 30 April 2010.
After the opening of the exhibition AgroBalt 2010 in Vilnius, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloş continued his trip in the Baltic States, visiting Latvia on 29-30 April.
Together with the President of the Republic of Lithuania Ms. Dalia Grybauskaitė, Commissioner Dacian Cioloș opened the most important agriculture, food and packaging fair in the Baltic Region– AgroBalt 2010 on 29 April 2010. In his opening speech in Vilnius, Commissioner Cioloș underlined the need to reform the Common Agricultural Policy. “In discussing future policy, we have to keep in mind the modernization of agriculture everywhere in Europe. Farms need to be competitive, but competitive does not necessarily mean big. Farmers have to find their own competitiveness – perhaps on international markets, but maybe at national, regional or local level. There is no one size fits all – especially not within the context of our diverse Europe, with 27 member states”, declared the Commissioner.
The importance of innovation in agriculture to address the major challenges ahead, such as climate change, was one of the key messages that emerged during EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloș's visit to Denmark on April 25-26. Arriving on Sunday afternoon, the Commissioner was able to have a detailed discussion on current and future agricultural issues with the leaders of the Danish Agriculture Council. He took particular note of the fact that although Danish pig production is highly competitive and modern, the economic crisis has caused significant problems with debt and negative equity in recent months.
"The Common Agricultural Policy supports the EU2020 strategy. Green, inclusive and intelligent growth is better achieved if we explore the full potential of European agriculture for the sustainable management of natural resources and for maintaining jobs in rural areas", Commissioner Dacian Cioloş stated in Bucharest on 23 April 2010, opening the seminar "Looking to the future: Romania and Europe 2020 strategy", organized by the EU Representation to Romania.
State aid: Commission authorises temporary Austrian scheme to grant limited amounts of aid of up to €15,000 to farmers
The European Commission authorised an Austrian scheme with a budget of approximately €1.2 million which aims at supporting farmers in Austria who encounter difficulties as a result of the current economic crisis.
State aid: Commission authorises Bulgaria to grant limited amounts of aid in the agricultural sector
The European Commission authorised a Bulgarian scheme with a budget of BGN 20 million (approximately € 10,26 million) which aims at supporting agricultural holdings ...
EU Commissioner Dacian Cioloş met Marek Sawicki, Polish Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, in Brussels on April 15 to discuss the Commissioner's upcoming visit in Poland on the 11th May in the context of the debate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
On Tuesday 13, Dacian Cioloș met with European Coordination Via Campesina to discuss the future of the CAP and the situation in the European milk sector. During the meeting, the representatives of the international peasant movement underscored the importance of securing a sustainable future for small family farms. They also warned against a move towards a model of dual agriculture in which a large amount of small farmers retain a low income, whilst a small number of large farms account for most agricultural output and retain a higher income.
"The future of European agricultural policy - Call for a public debate" (European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, Brussels)
The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloş, today launched a public debate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the European Union.
The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloş, today launched a public debate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the European Union. Since its creation, the CAP has always been adapted to respond to the challenges of its time. Significant reforms have been made in recent years, notably in 2003 and during the CAP health check in 2008, to modernise the sector and make it more market-oriented. The Europe 2020 strategy offers a new perspective. In this context, through its response to the new economic, social, environmental, climate-related and technological challenges facing our society, the CAP can contribute more to developing intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth.The CAP must also take greater account of the wealth and diversity of agriculture in the EU’s 27 Member States. The debate launched relates to the CAP’s future objectives in the new perspective of the Europe 2020 strategy. A discussion on funding will come later.