Brussels, 2 April 2019 – The Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament today approved with the votes of the People’s Party, Conservatives, Liberals and part of the Social Democrats, its position on the European Commission’s proposal for the reform of the CAP for 2020.
In its stance, COMAGRI limits the Commission’s proposal for a fairer distribution of aid to a maximum of 10% of the total and withdraws the progressive reduction of aid to beneficiaries receiving between 60,000 and 100,000 euros of direct payments per year.
ECVC considers it a disgrace that these political forces in the European Parliament stand alongside a minority of less than 2% of EU farmers and limit what was already a timid proposal from the European Commission.
The Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament was not consistent with the high expectations of citizens with regard to the long CAP 2021-2027 reform process.
In COMAGRI’s position, no substantive measures are proposed, such as the public regulation of the market to tackle the inadequate agricultural prices created by volatility, and other fundamental problems touching small and medium-sized farmers, as well as the necessary incorporation of young and new entrants and the work of women farmers.
In this sense, the approach of COMAGRI’s reports of incorporating young people and new farmers is also empty words. Without resolving the problem of the concentration of land instigated in part by the poor distribution of aid, it is extremely difficult for a new person to set up as a farmer.
In the same way, by ratifying insurance schemes in the reports, and not of public instruments for market regulation, in order to deal with price instability and loss of income, COMAGRI once again undermines the genuine and essential incorporation of young and new farmers to the countryside, who without fair prices cannot live decently.
Faced with deregulated markets on one hand, and globalized speculation promoting extractive models of agriculture, on the other, hard-lined instruments are needed if we really want to promote more sustainable models, address climate change and animal welfare. Moreover, the necessary transition towards agroecology requires measures that address the root of the problem. Conditionality and eco-schemes by themselves are not a real change to the market-oriented agricultural model.
ECVC will continue its efforts ahead of the coming European elections and the new Parliament, as well as with the Commission and the Council, and in each country, defending a profound change in the CAP based on Food Sovereignty, based on small and medium-sized farmers with fair prices and incomes, a healthy and sustainable model of agriculture and food, as well as in a clear process supporting agroecology.
- Andoni Garcia (ECVC Coordination Committee): +34 636 4515 69 – ES, EUZ
- Pierre Maison (ECVC Coordination Committee) : +33 61 573 1389 – FR
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