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The future of agriculture and food – Presentation of the Commission’s guidelines for a flexible, fair and sustainable common agricultural policy
The College of Commissioners today adopted the Commission’s guidelines for simplifying and modernizing the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), whose main objectives remain support for farmers and the development of sustainable and green agriculture. The flagship initiative presented in the Communication, “The future of agriculture and food”, is to strengthen Member States’ competences in the choice and allocation of CAP resources to to achieve ambitious common goals in the areas of environment, climate change and sustainability. Jyrki Katainen, Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: “The Common Agricultural Policy has been with us since 1962. We have to make sure, on the one hand, that “It continues to provide consumers with healthy and quality food while creating jobs and growth in rural areas, and on the other hand, it is evolving alongside other policies.” Phil Hogan , Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said: “The Communication issued today provides assurance that the Common Agricultural Policy will achieve new and emerging goals, such as the promotion of a smart agricultural sector. and resilient, strengthening environmental protection and climate action and strengthening the socio-economic fabric in rural areas. ” The current two-pillar structure will be maintained, but the simpler and more flexible approach foreseen will include specific measures to achieve the agreed objectives at EU level.
Each EU country will then develop its own strategic plan – to be approved by the Commission – in which it will indicate how it plans to achieve the objectives. Legislative proposals implementing the objectives set out in the Communication will be presented by the Commission before the summer of 2018, following the proposal of the multiannual financial framework. The Communication on “The Future of Agriculture and Food” is online. Read the Press Release and Memo.