Fischler supports German push for greener agriculture

Agriculture commissioner Fischler supports German calls for a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly agricultural policy

Agriculture commissioner Fischler will support German calls for a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly agricultural policy. Speaking at the opening of international Green Week in Berlin on Thursday 18 January, Mr. Fischler said that the BSE crisis showed the need to rethink the EU's current Common Agriculture Policy, but without dismissing what has already been achieved by Agenda 2000.

Commissioner Fischler emphasised that Agenda 2000 already makes it possible to promote organic farming and other environmental services with EU funding. He announced that the Commission will carry out comprehensive analyses in 2001, and publish reports in 2002.

Recent cases of BSE in Germany led last week to a reshuffle of Chancellor Schrý's government, with green politician Renate Kýtaking over responsibility for a revamped agriculture and consumer ministery. Since then, an intense debate over opportunities and dangers of ecological farming has started in Germany, which might have serious implications for the EU's future agriculture policy.

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