Radical Re-think Needed to Make the CAP Really Deliver for the Environment
Debate on the forthcoming draft CAP proposals from the Commission has warmed up rapidly with the end of the summer break. Views on how various leaked proposals would impact on farming and the environment are being put forward with some urgency. The potential environmental benefits to be had from the proposal to allocate 30 per cent of the future Pillar 1 direct payments to support ‘green’ practices has been recognised. However, the degree to which it could deliver successfully for the environment depends on a variety of issues that have been highlighted in a new paper drawn up by BirdLife International. This has been produced to coincide with the Commission’s Inter-Service Consultation on Commissioner Cioloş’ CAP reform proposals, expected to occur in early September.
The paper, ‘Common Agricultural Policy reform: Radical re-think needed to make the CAP really deliver for the environment’, is a punchy analysis of the of the proposals’ chances of delivering a genuine greening of the CAP. It applies a series of 12 ‘test’ scenarios to current proposals and assesses to what degree such reforms are capable of meeting environmental demands. BirdLife has circulated the document to all EU Commissioners, including Mr Cioloş, and to key decision makers. They would welcome responses from other stakeholders and commentators so please do email with your contributions to this important debate.
05 Sep 2011