Confagricoltura, Fnsea and Dbv: immediate agreement on the CAP reform
The farmers of Italy, France and Germany are asking for it in defense of the sector
On the eve of a meeting between the Council, Parliament and the EU Commission (Trilogue) that could be decisive for the new Common Agricultural Policy, the presidents of Confagricoltura, Massimiliano Giansanti, FNSEA, Christiane Lambert and DBV-Deutscher Bauernverband, Joachim Rukwied, not only in representatives of French, Italian and German farmers, but respectively president, vice president and past president of COPA, express concern over the ongoing discussion on the CAP. "The CAP is, and must remain, an economic policy - argue the three presidents -, designed to stabilize and support the income of farmers, as stated in the EU Treaty, while addressing current environmental challenges at the same time". "At the moment, however, - underlines Giansanti - our sector is under attack by those who would like to unload the main responsibilities of climate and environmental changes on agriculture, without being aware of how indispensable agricultural businesses are for the good of all: without competitive companies and without agriculture we will eat synthetic food imported from countries that do not respect our production standards in terms of safety, quality and also of social and environmental rights".
Confagricoltura, FNSEA and DBV are asking for more flexibility in the implementation of the green architecture and no further administrative burden for agricultural companies, already struggling with heavy bureaucracy. The three associations support a greener, easy to implement, attractive to farmers and efficient CAP.
As regards social conditionality, the three presidents point out that France, Italy and Germany already have strict rules on labor law and welfare and that this further provision introduces further elements of bureaucracy. “In the future CAP - emphasizes President Lambert from Paris - the fight against climate change and environmental protection should be reconciled with the economic aspects. Farmers are committed to addressing these challenges. The instruments of the CAP can support them precisely for an even more sustainable agriculture”.
“It is essential for the primary sector - underlines President Rukwied from Berlin - that the new CAP allows European farmers to continue to produce safe and nutritious food, as well as protect biodiversity and the climate. For this reason, the income support function of the CAP is of fundamental importance, both to address the markets and to respond to ecological challenges".
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