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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)

  Grace O’Sullivan (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, whoever decided to call this the common agricultural policy (CAP) ‘reform’ might like to check a dictionary. ‘Reform’ would mean improving the current CAP and aligning the future CAP package with the European Green Deal. This CAP should be transformative. It’s not. This CAP is regressive. The recent European Court of Auditors report clearly concluded that declining biodiversity on farmland is a major threat to both the environment and to farming itself.

Rules and rewards shape behaviour and practice. CAP must continue to provide vital support to farmers. But that support needs to be both fair and targeted into a transition into improving farming methods that help to stop, not speed up, runaway progression towards mass extinction.

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