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EU LEADERS TOLD NOT TO FORGET NEED FOR GREENER AND FAIRER REFORM AS THEY PUSH TO REACH A DEAL ON COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY (CAP)
‘Politicians don’t cheat your citizens!’ Action in Luxembourg ahead of decisive meeting on future of European food and farming policy
Luxembourg – Today at the Agricultural Council in Luxembourg, EU institution negotiators received a strong message. A group of approximately 20 citizens and farmers were outside the Kirchberg Conference Centre this morning to meet farm ministers as they arrived for what is expected to be a decisive meeting on the CAP reform. They were holding a large banner reminding politicians of their promise to deliver a green, fair and local CAP (Common Agricultural Policy). Later today, the group will try to meet with MEPs as they arrive to join the first day of negotiations.
The Agriculture Council meeting, chaired by Irish Farm Minister Simon Coveney, will be the last held under the Irish Presidency, and coincides with a final round of negotiations with the European Parliament and the Commission. From the outset of the presidency, Coveney has been clear on his intention to reach a deal under his watch. Member States will need to resolve all outstanding differences on the future of EU food and farming policy if a common agreement is to be reached. Civil society organisations and activists however fear the meeting could the final nail in the coffin for many of the promises our EU leaders have made to EU citizens.
If an agreement is reached in Council, negotiations will continue with the Parliament and Commission.
Speaking at the action, Stephanie Roth – ARC2020 Campaign Manager said:
“We are here today to remind EU and national leaders not to forget EU citizens as they push to reach a deal. The CAP has a big impact on each and every person in Europe, and beyond. This is about jobs, the environment, our health and the food on our plates. The outcome of the negotiations taking place here in Luxembourg over the next few days must take this into account. Citizens in Europe want a food and farming policy that supports small farmers, ensures healthy food, protects Europe’s landscapes and rural communities, preserves cultural heritage and reduces the impact of CAP on developing countries. Our leaders have the responsibility to deliver a sustainable and inclusive policy. They still have a chance to secure a meaningful and credible reform.”
Today’s action was organised by ARC2020(1), with the support of natur&ëmwelt asbl and other Luxembourg-based NGOs, as part of the Good Food Good Farming campaign. It forms part of a series of events that have taken place at key moments in the CAP reform, including the recent action in Strasbourg ahead of the final EU Parliament vote.
Find photos of the action here http://tinyurl.com/bdc5pt8
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GERMAN: Iris Kiefer – Tel: +49 (0) 30 28482437 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notes to editors
(1) The Agricultural and Rural Convention 2020 (ARC2020), was created in early 2010 as a platform to enable concerned citizens and their organisations to advocate a sustainable reform of the Common Agricultural and Rural Development policies of the European Union. Active within the platform is a wide array of over 150 civil society organisations, at European, national, regional and local level. They represent a great variety of interests, including the environment, agro-ecology, farmers, consumers, rural communities, local food, nature protection, cultural heritage, animal welfare, public health and organic food. http://www.arc2020.eu/#