The future of food and farming: Common Agricultural Policy post 2020
“Over the years the Common Agricultural Policy has delivered food security to European citizens and provided a fairer income for our farmers. It has helped create jobs, preserve rural regions and communities, and encouraged a competitive agri-food sector. We now have the responsibility to make it even better after 2020: simpler, more effective, sustainable, modern and resilient.”
Tarmo Tamm, minister of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
The Commission presented to the Council its communication on “The Future of Food and Farming”, which sets out the guiding lines of the Commission’s vision for the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) period after 2020.
Ministers then had a first opportunity to react to the ideas set out in the communication and highlight what they considered to be the strategic issues for the future CAP. In particular, they expressed their views on the new elements outlined by the Commission, such as enhanced subsidiarity and the overhaul of greening rules. Many ministers stressed the need for an adequate future budget to match the high expectations placed on the agri-food sector.
Other topics on the agenda
Ministers were informed about:
- the outcome of the conference on “Modern biotechnologies in agriculture“
- the efforts undertaken in relation to African swine fever
- the issue of unfair trading practices in the food supply chain