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Reform of the EU's Agricultural Policy

05 February 2013

EU - Agricultural spending accounts for about 40 per cent of the European Union's annual budget and has been at the heart of EU policy since the very start of the European project, writes European Parliament News.

As the last revision of the agricultural policy dates from 2003 and 12 countries have joined the EU since then, it is clear that it must be updated in order to face new challenges. Now that EU legislators are getting to grips with reform proposals, we take a closer look at Parliament's role.

The EP, the European Commission and member states are negotiating the EU's next long-term budget for 2014–2020, which also sets limits for expenditure for the common agricultural policy.

January 2013 the EP's agriculture committee voted on amendments to the Commission's proposal on the reform of the agricultural policy. These amendments help to shape the Parliament's initial position on the reform.

Regarding the reform of the agricultural policy, the issues to be tackled are: a fairer distribution of money between old and new member states, less red tape, and also how to stimulate greener farming, promote farming among young farmers, guarantee fair prices for farmers and best compete in the global market.

The new common agricultural policy should be in place from the beginning of 2014.

This feature will keep you updated on the latest developments in the negotiations on the future common agricultural policy.

ThePigSite News Desk



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