New poll reveals support for changes to CAP
The latest Eurobarometer opinion poll indicates that some two thirds of European Union citizens support the recent shift in spending under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In the first such survey to be carried out in the EU of 25 Member States, there was strong support for the move away from production support towards direct aid to farmers and greater assistance to the overall rural economy. The poll reveals that people in Europe are, in general, satisfied with the CAP reforms and the move towards a more cost effective and market-orientated system that benefits both consumers and farmers. According to the poll, there has been an increase in support for the CAP in countries of the EU-15, including a 6% rise in the UK. The survey questioned 25,000 people in the 25 Member States. Click here for the full report.