“The Common Agricultural Policy is not just a matter for experts. It’s a
policy for all Europeans. We must listen to the citizens of Europe. We must
take the time to get the ideas and expectations of all stakeholders”, said Mr
Cioloş. “I want the reactions and thoughts not only of farmers, but also of
environmental protection associations, consumers, and animal welfare
groups. We must open this debate up as much as possible. All of society
benefits from this common European policy through food, land-use management,
and environmental protection. So obviously citizens should have the right and
the time to express their views”.
At the end of the year the European Commission will publish a Communication
on the future of the CAP after 2013. But, before setting down any initial
policy guidelines for this strategic sector, Commissioner Cioloş is
launching a public debate on the Common Agricultural Policy’s future,
objectives, principles and contribution to the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy to inform
the preparatory work for the decision-making process.
Mr Cioloş announced that a special website (http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/cap-debate)
has been created, which will be open for contributions to the public debate
until June 2010. An independent body will then produce a summary of these
contributions. In July 2010, the European Commission will organise a conclusive
conference on the public debate. It hopes to draw strong ideas from this to
develop its Communication on the CAP after 2013, which should be presented at
the end of 2010.
In addition to how the CAP can contribute to developing the Europe 2020
strategy, the public debate will centre around four main topics:
- Why do we need a European Common Agricultural Policy?
- What are society’s objectives for agriculture in all its
- Why should we reform the CAP and how can we make it meet
- What tools do we need for tomorrow’s CAP?
In his speech to the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (COMAGRI),
Commissioner Cioloș also raised a series of more in-depth questions on the
problems of food security in Europe and throughout the world, employment in
rural areas, sustainable management of natural resources, climate change, price
volatility, public understanding of aid, fairness in the food chain and the
competitiveness of European agriculture.
For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/cap-debate
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