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–Go M.A.D (Meet A Deputy)

The Go M.A.D (Go Meet A Deputy) campaign was officially launched following the disappointing outcome of the CAP reform vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (COMAGRI) in January 2013.  Go M.A.D called upon Europe’s citizens to directly interact with their local Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to ask how they would vote during the plenary decision on the CAP reform in Strasbourg in March 2013. We wanted to know which of the 754 MEPs would vote for a green, fair and local CAP… Find out more about the action on our campaign website here. The action was supported by 37 additional organisations across Europe. Over a period of two months, 71 meetings were held in 11 countries.

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Reactions to Trilogue Conclusions 26 June 2013

INSTITUTIONS: Council Presidency (Coveney) – Press Release on the Results of Ag Ministers Meeting 26/06/2013 Irish Presidency – Historic day for the Common Agricultural Policy EU Parliament: – EU farm policy after 2014: MEPs, Council and Commission strike a political deal European Parliament, Commission & Council – Video of Press Conference (Original with subtitles) EU Commission – Political agreement on new direction for common agricultural policy EU Commission – CAP Reform: an explanation of the main elements NGOS: ARC2020 – CAP deal weak but options worth fighting Friends of the Earth – CAP reform: failure for environment and small farmers IFOAM EU – CAP deal lacks strong and credible steps towards sustainability Slow Food – CAP Not Good Enough EEB – Green CAP Reform in Tatters WWF – Environment in danger because of EU agriculture deal OTHERS: CAP2020 – Political Agreement on the CAP – is this really a paradigm shift for the environment? Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) – Environment undermined in CAP deal COPA COGECA – Uncertainty ends but  devil in the […]

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European Union publications

European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development   Legal proposals for the CAP after 2013 Commission Communication on the CAP towards 2020   Information below courtesy of the European Commission’s website: >> Read the Commission Communication >> Read the citizens’ summary >> Read the press release >> Read the background memo >> Watch the slide show[858 KB] European Commission, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development : “An analysis of the EU organic sector” “Your ideas matter” – reform consultation by the European Commission European Parliament : Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Draft report (+amendments) – The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future (the so-called Deß report) European Parliament resolution of 8 July 2010 on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013 (2009/2236(INI)) European Parliament : motion for resolution on agriculture in areas with natural handicaps Report commissioned by the European Parliament on the SPS scheme after 2013 Committee of the Regions DRAFT OPINION The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and […]

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Update on the European Parliament’s ‘Dess’ Report

The European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development is currently working on an own-initiative report “CAP towards 2020: meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future” and the different political groups are now trying to find a common ground. This is done by agreeing on compromise amendments to the draft report which are meant to reduce the large number of amendments tabled by the committee members. The current draft compromise amendments, proposed by the rapporteur Albert Dess, are expected to reduce the number of amendments to be voted from 1300 to around 1000. But the staff of political groups continues exchanging views and believes that more work needs to be done in order to further reduce the sheer number of amendments and achieve a substantially shortened text. The report will need a concise structure and an unmistakable wording if the European Parliament, with its new co-decision powers, wants to send a clear and strong message to the European Commission and the Council of the Member States. Unsolved key points are the […]