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CAP reform

Conservative Blackmail prevents greening of the Common Agricultural Policy
Thématiques > Agriculture > PAC > CAP reform
7 avril 2014

The latest stage of the lengthy negotiations for the first time in co-decision between the Council and the European Parliament of the Common Agricultural policy is that a coalition of centre-right and conservative MEPs is trying to block these so-called delegated acts [1] .

Main argument : too complicated, too many bureaucratic barriers to essential productivity when in reality they are the true creators of complexity by voting a large number of exceptions and derogations from basic propositions. In fact they only have one goal : to weaken measures beneficial to the environment and the fight against agricultural practices harmful for the climate.

The European Commission wishing to avoid a failure at the end of the mandate has therefore chosen to give in its opponents who are already claiming victory before the vote of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development PE Monday, April 7 .

José Bové, Vice -President of the Committee on Agriculture of the European Parliament states :

By announcing relaxations the rules connected to high-protein crop management in the areas of Ecological Interest (plants providing greater independence for farmers from GM soy and nitrogen fixing) the European Commission buries one of three measures greening the CAP that were agreed on after so much negotiation.

For me, with this useless political gesture offered its permanent critics - the European Commission gives up. By agreeing to divide the compensation by three leguminous crops to benefit from greening for large monoculture farms, the EC reinforces the agro -industrial model, and helps manufacturers of fertilizers and pesticides. Furthermore, by accepting an assessment after one year of the greening measures the Commission plays the game of the lobbies.

The blackmail that has created this situation is unacceptable and we reserve our vote in the Committee on Agriculture of the EP on this issue. If the committee votes in favor, this will lead to no vote by the full texts of these important actions in plenary session and we could consider filing for an alternative resolution that vote could still take place in public.

[1Delegated acts : these decisions taken by the European Commission to implement legislation under scrutiny by the European Parliament and of the Council may object.