Stakeholders, including farmers, businesses, industry consumers, and advisory services, need to be provided with the solutions they need. To this end close collaboration and synergies need to be ensured across all sectors, regions, and policy areas. Policy has a major influence on primary production, in particular the Common Agricultural Policy and Environmental Policy, through directives on soil, biodiversity, water, nitrate, animal plant and public health, climate change, renewable energy, along with the abundant legislation on individual agriculture market sectors concerning the quality and production of wine, dairy, horticulture, cereals, etc. Agriculture and forestry also interfaces with and influences Consumer, Competition and Health Policy, along with Industrial, and Information Policy.
EU Research and Innovation Policy is already enhanced through synergies with related initiatives like the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) “Agriculture, food security and climate change”; Collaborative working groups of the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR); ERA-NETs* such as RURAGRI, ICT-AGRI, EMIDA, ARIMNET and WOODWISDOM; and European Technology Platforms (ETPs) like the Forestry TP, Food for Life, European Biofuels TP, Plants for the Future, Manufuture, Organics, Global Animal Health and Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction. Equally important, the agriculture and forestry sector is concerned by and contributes to meeting international commitments, in particular as regards policies for trade, biodiversity, climate change, development and food security. These manifold - and often conflicting – demands require that the strategic importance of the primary production sector is clearly recognised and reflected in the various policy and financial instruments.
* ERA-NET schemes support the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at national or regional Level