The main challenges of the future Common Agricultural Policy identified by the public consultation
The Commission today presented the results of the public consultation on the modernization and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on 7 July. Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan opened the conference on the lessons learned from the consultation and said: “Today we are taking another important step towards the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, The public reaction to the consultation demonstrates the level of interest that exists for the CAP, which is a policy that continues to support a dynamic agricultural sector , To ensure the production of safe and high-quality food to the 508 million European citizens and to invest heavily in rural areas. ” European citizens believe that agricultural policy must continue to be managed at EU level and that support for farmers and environmental protection should be its main objectives. This is mainly due to the public consultation, which received more than 322,000 contributions from a wide range of stakeholders, including farmers, individual citizens, NGOs and others over three months. The results of the consultation and the field analysis carried out by the Commission will be used to develop a Communication which will contain concrete legislative proposals to modernize and simplify the CAP. A press release is online and the conference presentations are also available online.
President Juncker at the G20 in Hamburg: warns against protectionism
President Jean-Claude Juncker and Commissioner Pierre Moscovici are attending the G20 Summit in Hamburg today and tomorrow. Under the German G20 Presidency, the G20 nations will be meeting under the motto “Shaping an interconnected world”. This morning, President Juncker and President of the European Council, Donald Tusk held a joint press conference ahead of the start of the G20 Summit. Speaking of the global economy outlook, President Juncker said: “This year, we are meeting with the wind in our sails. All 28 Member States of the EU are growing. Since 2013, ten million jobs have been created in the European Union. We have the lowest unemployment in nine years […]. There are 233 million Europeans at work – the highest employment rate we have ever had in the European Union.” President Juncker also said that “going back to protectionism is not the way ahead,” instead, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement concluded yesterday, was the right way forward, adding that this agreement takes account of all European interests and high standards related to labour, environment and data protection. President Juncker underlined the importance of a partnership with Africa and described climate change as “the biggest challenge for the future”. Concrete G20 commitments in support of Africa are central to the Summit. Work at G20 Summit will take place in four working sessions on: 1. Global Growth and Trade; 2. Sustainable Development, Climate and Energy; 3. Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health and 4. Digitalisation, Women’s Empowerment and Employment. The EU’s priorities for the G20 Summit are outlined in the joint letter by Presidents Juncker and Tusk sent to EU Heads of State or Government on 4 July. President Juncker’s press remarks are available here.