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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Common agricultural policy - support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States and financed by the EAGF and by the EAFRD - Common agricultural policy: financing, management and monitoring - Common agricultural policy – amendment of the CMO and other Regulations (debate)

  Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL). – Mr President, we’ve worked on the CAP file for over a year. Adrian in my office has done over 700 hours on it; and we get a minute to talk about it.

We were trying to make an influence on the decision-making that affects a lot of the items: we wanted to help protect family farms; we wanted to help farmers to move away from pesticides and chemicals; we wanted farmers to be sustainable and to produce cleaner food; we wanted to protect biodiversity; we wanted the CAP money to go to the farmers that needed it most, and to stop the 80% going to the 20% that don’t need it.

But backroom deals were done between the three big groups; EPP, Renewal and the S&Ds. Lots of nice talk about Farm to Fork, biodiversity strategy, the Green Deal - but they’ve all been thrown to the wind.

This is not democracy. Democracy isn’t about majority voting. Democracy is about giving the people a say. This is not the CAP that the people want.

And speaking of democracy - if we turn to Bolivia at the weekend - I’d like to ask the MEPs who supported the right wing coup, to consider apologising to the families who lost loved ones during the year of the coup.

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