The agriculture committee votes on the reform of the EU's agricultural policy 

The future of the EU's common agricultural policy is of vital importance to Europe, which is reflected in the record number of amendments received for proposals dealing with its reform - a hefty 8,000. Members of the EP's agriculture committee have Wednesday and Thursday to wade through the amendments. How will they manage this Herculean task? Find out by watching the vote and the press conference live by clicking on the links on the right.

The plans being voted on today and tomorrow are about farmers subsidies and the functioning of the EU's agriculture market during 2014-2020.

Parliament's position on the reform of the agricultural policy will be determined by what will happen to the EU's long-term budget so the European Council's summit on the budget in February will be closely followed.

Both Parliament and the Council of Ministers will have to agree on any reform of the policy before it can enter into force. MEPs are scheduled to vote on their position during the March plenary, after which negotiations can begin with member states.