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de Brun: Parliament vote will be key moment in CAP reform debate

14 June, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Bairbre de Brún MEP has said that next week's vote in the European Parliament will be a key moment in the ongoing reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Speaking from Brussels , de Brún said, "Recently the Agriculture committee voted on the Dess report on CAP reform, addressing many of the issues raised by farmers at home, including those on which I had tabled amendments.

"The vote in the Parliament next week will be hugely important in advance of the Commission draft legislative proposals, expected in October. It is far from being the last word on the issue but it is an important signal to the Commission indicating what the European Parliament expects to see.Next week’s plenary vote will therefore be a key moment in the CAP reform debate.

“The upcoming budget vote will also be vital in order to ensure adequate financing for agriculture in the future.  I will continue to fight for a proper budget for agriculture and rural development and to engage with the detail of the CAP reform proposals for the benefit of our farmers and farm families, our environment and our rural economy.

"The Dess report deals with the future of the single farm payment and also calls for protection of less-favoured-areas to stop land abandonment, a strong rural development pillar and adequate financing to ensure the future of our rural communities and agri-food industry.

"It further points up issues that need attention such the need to attract young people to farming, support for small farmers, and the importance of transparency in the food chain and a fair deal for farmers in helping deal with buyer power abuses.  It once again stresses the need to cut red tape.

"Next week’s vote will also continue the ongoing debate about the contribution of agriculture to environmental protection and combating climate change.”

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