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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)

  Jytte Guteland (S&D). – Mr President, this week we will decide the upcoming seven years in the common agricultural policy (CAP) and how it will look for EU farming. This is of historic importance and we need to reform the CAP. Unfortunately, the text on the CAP strategic plans, voted in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, fell far behind the ambition of the Commission’s proposal. The work of us progressives has been to change this and make sure that the goals set in the European green deal, the Farm to Fork, the biodiversity strategies, are compatible with the report that we now have in front of us.

I’m happy for the wins – now we have a large percentage of money going to promote the transition to sustainable practices. I’m also happy that some of the fake climate environmental actions are now gone. The conditionality for farmers to receive direct payments have improved to some degree, but I have to say all this could have been stronger. The mixed results of the group consensus means that we have to do more. I urge all in this Chamber to vote for the amendments which aim to secure that the CAP is aligned with the Paris Agreement goals for the Agenda 2030 and therefore gives us some hope that we can create a sustainable future, because this time we have to consider the climate, the environment, animal welfare. Animals are packed together in intensive farming factories and are a threat to our health and to the climate and also, with growing risk of anti-micro-biological superbugs, a risk of transmission of disease, which can lead to new epidemics.

This time, we also have to make sure that bad employers, who use their often very vulnerable workforce in an unacceptable way, are punished and not rewarded with money. This time, we have to vote to do something about the fact that European agriculture is one of the main polluters and emits enormous amounts of greenhouse gases. This needs to change and it needs to change fast.

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