In view of the Common Agricultural Policy’s reform, due by 2013, a public consultation on the CAP’s future has been undertaken to prepare the policy paper setting out different options for the future CAP.
19/04/2010 11:44

 The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş invites all interested EU citizens and organisations - whether or not they work in the area of agriculture - to join the debate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, its principles and objectives.

“The Common Agricultural Policy is for all of society. It is your policy - said Commissioner Cioloş - not just for farmers. European agriculture is about food security, but also about landscapes, employment, environment, climate change. Let us know what your needs and expectations are for the future of agriculture and rural areas in Europe.  Help us put forward a policy that serves them best!”

In a speech at the European Parliament, Commissioner Cioloş set out the main issues to be debated, that are:

  • Why do we need a European common agricultural policy?
  • What do citizens expect from agriculture?
  • Why reform the CAP?
  • What tools do we need for the CAP of tomorrow?

Read the speech

The CAP is more than just a policy for farmers:

  • There is a clear link between agriculture, the environment, biodiversity, climate change and the sustainable management of our natural resources such as water and land.
  • There is also an obvious link between agriculture and the positive economic and social development of the vast rural areas of the EU.
  • And last but not least, farming is the very source of the food on our plates.

European farmers deliver public goods which benefit society as a whole. This is why the Commission has launched this broad public debate open to everyone who cares about food, farming and the countryside.

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