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Parliamentary questions
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11 February 2019
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006032/2018

The Commission's recently published proposals(1) for a post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) aim to further improve the overall sustainability of the EU's farm sector and rural areas, with a strong emphasis on the environment and climate.

In the CAP strategic plans, to be approved by the Commission, Member States will have to show greater ambition with regard to the environment and climate than in the current period, taking due account of targets arising from EU environmental and climate legislation.

A new enhanced conditionality, that will replace ‘cross-compliance’ and ‘greening’, will set a strong level playing field. Moreover, the so-called ‘eco-schemes’ will provide Member States with the opportunity to go further, in particular to incentivise conversion into more sustainable agricultural systems (e.g. organic farming).

In addition, payments under rural development will remain available, with the minimum 30% spending requirements on practices beneficial for the climate and the environment. All this will enable Member States to devise a mix of mandatory and voluntary measures, adapted to their needs, so as to support the adoption of sustainable practices such as those responding to the principles of agroecology.

The Commission also proposed to provide support through its new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe)(2).

Moreover, the ‘Koronivia joint work on agriculture’, established at COP23 in 2017, will help, through workshops and expert meetings, advising governmental decision-makers to make appropriate policy choices for reducing emissions from agriculture while ensuring sustainable agriculture and food security.

(1)COM(2018) 392 final, COM(2018) 393 final and COM(2018) 394 final/2
(2)COM/2018/436 and Annexes.

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