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The first set of amendments to the Commission’s plans for the EU’s farm policy reform, authored by three EP rapporteurs, will be up for a debate in the Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

The string of debates linked to the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform will kick off in the morning.


MEPs will first debate the proposed update of the draft financing, management and monitoring rules with rapporteur Ulrike Müller (ALDE, DE) and then, still in the morning, the strategic plans amendments tabled by rapporteur Esther Herranz García (EPP, ES).


In the afternoon, the committee will discuss the opinion of the European Court of Auditors on the Commission’s CAP reform proposals with its member João Figueiredo and Commissioner Phil Hogan. The debate on ways to improve the draft common market organisation rules with rapporteur Eric Andrieu (S&D, FR) will follow immediately afterwards.


WHERE: Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) building in Brussels, room 1A002

WHEN: Wednesday, 21 November, roughly 09:30 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 17:00


You can follow the morning debate here and the afternoon one here.


The draft reports:


Background


MEPs laid out their position on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform in a resolution the European Parliament adopted on 30 May. The future EU farm policy must be smarter, simpler, fairer and more sustainable, they said. They rejected any “renationalisation” of the CAP and insisted on maintaining the CAP budget at its current level as a minimum.


In a debate with Commissioner Phil Hogan on 11 June, ten days after the EU’s executive revealed the legislative proposals for the post-2020 CAP, MEPs said that the draft reform plans lack ambition and a proper budgetary backing.


MEPs also organised a public hearing and a workshop to debate the future EU’s farm policy with experts before coming up with their proposals.


The CAP reform is closely linked to debates on the future EU's long-term budget. Here, the Agriculture Committee firmly rejected any cuts in the post-2020 funding of the CAP.


The final wording of the new CAP laws will be co-decided by the Parliament and the Council.