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Omnibus regulation negotiations : an opportunity to acknowledge grassland areas & revise EU Competition law

3 October 2017

If rightly amended, the Omnibus regulation could have far-reaching implications on the CAP and could be a decisive step forward for peasant income and the relocation of food production.

Omnibus regulation negotiations : an opportunity to acknowledge grassland areas & revise EU Competition law   ****   Brussels, October 2, 2017 - The Omnibus regulation, at first supposed to be a 'simple' tool for simplification, has become the object of serious negotiations. Some of the proposed amendments by the European Parliament would, if adopted, have far-reaching implications on the CAP as early as 2018.   The European Coordination Via Campesina strongly supports the amendment that proclaims the precedence of the CAP over EU competition law. If this amendment were to be adopted, it would be a decisive step forward for peasant income and the relocation of food production.   The European Parliament has also presented an amendment making grassland areas consisting of less than 50% of grass eligible for CAP subsidies by recognizing their food value. Besides restoring jobs and activities needed to revive these areas, this amendment would give these territories, which are often marginalized, a real agricultural function.   ECVC supports these measures, considering them crucial for the advancement of peasants. In light of the negotiations in trialogue, particularly the ones regarding the Common Market Organization (CMO) and the definition of permanent grasslands, we urge EU Institution officials to make good use of these European Parliament amendments. They would improve the current CAP and allow the fulfillment of one of the CAP’s main goals, a demand equally expressed by citizens participating in the recent public consultation: to allow peasants sufficient income and livelihood to live a dignified life.   Contacts:   • Geneviève Savigny (ECVC Coordination Committee) : +33 62 555 1687 – FR, EN, ES   • Jose Miguel Pacheco Goncalves (ECVC Coordination Committee) : +35 19 6872 1995 – PT, ES   • Antonio Onorati (ECVC Coordination Committee): +39 3408 2194 56 – IT, ES, FR, EN         photo credit: flickr