Statement by Mr Janusz Wojciechowski, following vote by the European Parliament on the CAP reform

Met dank overgenomen van Europese Commissie (EC) i, gepubliceerd op dinsdag 23 november 2021.

I welcome today's vote by the European Parliament. It brings us one step closer to a fair CAP for European farmers.

It is clear that the new CAP has to be fairer - this means not leaving anyone behind.

Today, the European Parliament voted for a fairer policy; not only for small and medium-sized family farmers, but also for young farmers and farm workers.

I will personally ensure that small and medium-sized family farms are not excluded from any intervention or assistance.

These farms make up the vast majority of farms in Europe, and they provide us with the vast majority of our food - they support us, so we must support them.

Today, Parliament also voted for a greener policy. It includes strong measures that can work for farmers on the ground, and help to reach the targets of the Green Deal.

However, the Green Deal is a political strategy, and does not result in direct legal obligations for farmers.

There will be as much green implication in the Common Agricultural Policy as many Member States introduce it into strategic plans, and as many farmers introduce it into their farms.

I will ensure that Member States introduce appropriate incentives for farmers in their strategic plans.

I will ensure that these incentives make European farming more friendly for our environment, our climate, and for animal welfare.

And I will ensure that it pays for farmers to take advantage of these incentives.

The Common Agricultural Policy is, by definition, common; and the legislation passed today reflects our common goals.

But to achieve our common goals, we require collective efforts and effective strategies.

Member States now have the opportunity to design their own strategies, based on their own needs and strengths.

They have the opportunity to set targets, and take actions, to achieve real results.

I urge Member States to seize the opportunity provided by today's vote.

It is an opportunity to secure a future for our farmers and rural communities.

It is an opportunity that we cannot afford to miss.