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Parliamentary questions
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21 October 2015
Question for written answer E-014042-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  CAP reform and creating decent jobs in rural areas
 Answer in writing 

Creating decent jobs in the farming and non-farming sectors in rural areas is essential if rural poverty levels, which are currently rising as a result of a fall in farm prices, the scaling-back of farming activity and cuts to public services, are to be reduced.

The last CAP reform introduced complex new measures which have served the interests of a select few. The reform has failed to tackle the twin phenomena of small farmers being driven off the land and the concentration of farms. It has also failed to make the industry any fairer and incorporates provisions which make certain farmers ineligible for support.

1. How many jobs, particularly in the small farming sector, have been created in rural areas since the last CAP reform?

2. How does the Commission intend to create jobs which offer farmers and other workers in rural areas a basic income and decent working conditions?

3. Will the Commission propose a sustainable development programme designed to create decent jobs in rural areas?

Original language of question: FR 
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