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European Parliament vote on CAP 2013 reform

23 June 2011

The European Commission should now build on the moderate progress of the European Parliament and propose a socially and environmentally legitimate CAP

European Parliament vote on CAP 2013 reform : The European Commission should now build on the moderate progress of the European Parliament and propose a socially and environmentally legitimate CAP On June 23rd, the European Parliament adopted their position (the Dess report) on last November’s European Commission communication on the CAP for the post 2013 period. The European Parliament confirmed several positive orientations of the European Commission: employment-linked degression of direct payments, direct payments for active farmers only, setting aside of historic references, specific treatment for small-scale farms and environmental measures in the first pillar. In their desire to achieve a broad compromise that would legitimate their co-decision-making powers, the European Parliament remained vague on many points. This leaves the Commission a broad margin to manœuvre and great responsibility in the formulation of the legal proposals. The European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) requests that the Commission introduce the following measures among others : - Significant payment to small-scale farms in the first pillar, thereby extending this to all small-scale farms within the EU, - Significant degression of direct payments, taking the number of active persons on the farm into consideration, - Compulsory crop rotation, including vegetable protein crops where agro-climatic conditions make this possible, - End all subsidies for restructuring farms- they would be in contradiction with the first point, - Stop subsidizing industrialized production methods- they have negative externalities and cost taxpayers considerable sums of money. These measures are necessary to preserve active rural communities and contribute to meet the environmental challenges. They should go together with public market regulation and supply management, in order to guarantee farmers a fair and stable income. ECVC requests the European Commission to dare to present a legitimate, fair and sustainable CAP this coming autumn, a CAP that will motivate young people to become farmers. Contacts : Geneviève Savigny (FR-EN) +33 625551687 Javier Sanchez (ES) +34 609 35 93 80 Isabel Vilalba (PT-ES- EN) + 34 608905444 Gérard Choplin, Bxl team (FR-EN-DE) +32 473257378 Marzia Rezzin, Bxl team (IT-FR-EN) + 32 473 300 156

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