22 Mar 2016
TRANSFORMING THE AGRICULTURAL MODEL – 22 MARCHBrussels Daily
Excepts from Speech by Commissioner Phil Hogan at the 2016 Forum for the Future of Agriculture “Sustainable Development Goals: transforming the agricultural model”
22nd March 2016, Brussels
As EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, I am responsible for the Common Agricultural Policy – still today the only EU policy fully funded and administered from Brussels.
– The CAP has changed to reflect a changing world, and I firmly believe it has evolved for the better.
– I’d like to present you with an overview of what the CAP is currently doing to help Europe meet its SDG commitments.
– And I’d also like to show you where we can aim to be even more ambitious.
– It is true that in the past, the CAP did not have a strong emphasis on sustainable development.
– However, the reformed CAP has a positive story to tell, both at home and in the developing world.
The objectives of the CAP are fixed by the EU Treaties and have not changed since 1958. The policy, however, has changed tremendously. Traditionally, the CAP was a very inward-looking and protectionist policy.
– Today, the CAP continues to guarantee a decent livelihood for our farmers and agri-businesses, and can be summarised in three key aims:
– Viable food production contributing to food security;
– The sustainable use of resources;
– And balanced territorial development of our rural areas.
– But the policy has also become far more outward-looking and is truly plugged into the global economy.
– This means that European farmers and agri-businesses are competing in international markets to sell our products. And it means a more global outlook and a more nuanced understanding of the policy’s impact on other parts of the world.
– In line with the aims of SDG 2, the CAP contributes to
– Correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in global markets, due to its increased market orientation;
– It also prioritises sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices to improve the ecological performance of EU agriculture;
Read Speech in full here