Opinion factsheet

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    The CAP after 2020

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    : CDR 1038/2017
    : CROS, Guillaume
    : PES (Party of European Socialists)
    : NAT
    : Adopted
    : 12/07/2017
    THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

    - argues that the CAP should be turned into an agricultural policy that is fair, sustainable and based on solidarity for the benefit of farmers, regions, consumers and members of the public;

    - hopes that the CAP budget will be kept at a sufficiently high level in keeping with the principles set out in the EU treaties;

    - rejects the idea of co-financing for the first pillar of the CAP, which would undermine the position of the CAP as the sole integrated EU policy, effectively re-nationalising it, and would put farmers in the poorest EU countries at a disadvantage;

    - believes that, with a view to making farming attractive and ensuring safe and high-quality European agriculture, regulated markets could ensure better pay for farmers; also believes that the position of farmers needs to be strengthened vis-à-vis other stakeholders in the sector;

    - calls on the EU to use its influence as the world's largest food importer and exporter to change the international agricultural trade rules introduced in 1994 (WTO) so as to encourage greater fairness and solidarity in trade relations;

    - advocates capping and adjusting the direct payments per agricultural worker under the first pillar;

    - calls, as part of greening, for environmental measures and aid for environment- and climate-friendly practices to be gradually reinforced including crop rotation, upholding the ban on ploughing permanent grassland, and maintaining ecological focus areas in which the cultivation or use of plant protection products is prohibited;

    - calls for a strengthening of the second CAP pillar and an increase in rural development budgets; also calls for a greater degree of subsidiarity enabling Member States to transfer funds from the first to the second pillar;

    - proposes strengthening the EU's overall financial support for rural development, which has decreased significantly in comparison with the previous programming period;

    - recommends adopting a rural strategy enabling all EU policies to contribute to territorial cohesion goals.

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2017
 

RURAL post-2020 : more ambitious, more transversal!

A successful EU Rural Policy is at the heart of many Europeans living across the continent. Home to al-most 50% of the EU's population, European rural areas determine how many European live and see their future.
In the context of the discussion of the EU's future policies, the European Committee of the Regions and Rurality-Environment-Development are dedicating this conference to how rural areas can and should contribute to the EU's ambitions. How do we envisage Europe's future policies on rural territories? The Cork 2.0 Declaration provides an overview of stakeholder wishes: how can these interests and objectives be translated into political commitment?

 
04 May
 

Meeting with an MEP : Paolo de Castro (IT/SetD)

Meeting with an MEP : Paolo de Castro (IT/SetD)

 
30 Mar
 

Meeting with an MEP : Eric Andrieu (FR/SetD)

Meeting with an MEP : Eric Andrieu (FR/SetD)

 
29 Mar
 

Meeting with an MEP : Marc Tarabella (BE/SetD)

Meeting with an MEP : Marc Tarabella (BE/SetD)

 
29 Mar
 

Meeting with Virginie Jorissen : RPFUE

Meeting with Virginie Jorissen : RPFUE

 
29 Mar
 

Meeting with Mella Frewen et Francesca Bignami : Food&Drink Europe

Meeting with Mella Frewen et Francesca Bignami : Food&Drink Europe

 
29 Mar
 

Meeting with an MEP : Michèle Rivasi (FR/Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance)

Meeting with an MEP : Michèle Rivasi (FR/Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance)

 
29 Mar
 

Meeting with DG AGRI : Flavio Coturni

Meeting with DG AGRI : Flavio Coturni

 
09 Mar
 

How the future CAP can cope with goals set out in the Juncker investment plan to relaunch growth and jobs in Europe

The number of farms in Europe fell by 20% between 2007 and 2013 alone, dropping from 13.6 million to 10.8 million in those six years according to the latest official statistics from Eurostat.

This reduction in the number of farms is accompanied by significant job losses. Between 2007 and 2013, the total agricultural workforce in the EU-28 fell by 2.3 million annual work units, which equates to a 19.8% reduction. Insufficient generational renewal is also a growing problem in Europe, as 30% of farm managers are over 65 year old.

The European Parliament have recently adopted a report urging the EU institutions to rethink the objectives of the CAP so as to establish it once again as a public policy for the benefit of all, which meets the needs of society and addresses employment challenges.

This conference has a double objective:

•To launch a political momentum for debating all aspects of the future CAP from local and regional perspective

•To prepare an outlook opinion of the NAT commission on the future of the CAP after 2020

 
08 Feb
 

Stakeholders consultation

Stakeholders consultation

 
08 Feb
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