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Parliamentary question - E-004423/2020(ASW)Parliamentary question
E-004423/2020(ASW)

Answer given by Ms Kyriakides on behalf of the European Commission

The Farm to Fork Strategy[1] sets out the path towards sustainable food systems. The roadmap of the strategy was available for public feedback from 17 February to 20 March 2020[2].

The communication is accompanied by an action plan containing 27 initial measures, both legislative and non-legislative, aimed at accelerating the transition to sustainable food systems. Better regulation principles will be followed in the development of these initiatives and where relevant, impact assessments will be carried out.

The quantitative targets contained in the strategy are aspirational targets, based on ambitious, but realistic pathways. The Commission has used available evidence and data to set them, which also includes the 2018 impact assessment for reform of the common agricultural policy.

Any proposals to make these targets legally binding will be accompanied by impact assessments, and will have ultimately to be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council. This will notably be the case for pesticides, where the Commission has committed to evaluate and on this basis review the sustainable use of pesticides Directive[3].

The combined evaluation roadmap/inception impact assessment for this initiative was available for public feedback from 29 May to 7 August 2020[4].

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