After two CAP votes in the European Parliament’s Environment and Agriculture Committees, work will continue after the May elections

In early 2019 the European Parliament had votes on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) revision in seven of its Committees. The votes in the two lead Committees (Agriculture and Environment) were of particular importance.

On 14 February, the Environment Committee voted to increase the ambition of the CAP proposal. IFOAM EU supports this, in particular the introduction of a minimum budget for eco-schemes of 30% in the 1st pillar,. and a new article that would require Member States to take stock of their organic sectors before designing their CAP Strategic Plans, as well as the provision not to backslide when it comes to support for organic farming.

The Agriculture Committee was significantly less ambitious in its vote on 2 April. IFOAM EU welcomed the strengthening of advisory services and the inclusion of animal welfare in eco-schemes, but regretted that AGRI MEPs did not make full use of this opportunity to modernise the CAP.  Read more about this in the IFOAM EU press release.

IFOAM EU hopes that the next European Parliament will build upon the Environment Committee’s report on the CAP Strategic Plans, and realise the importance of rewarding farmers for the public goods they provide to all Europeans.

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