The European Parliament agreed on Wednesday to a "fairer and greener" reform of the EU’s agriculture policy but MEPs from across the political spectrum weighed in with their discontent.
MEPs insisted that EU funds go only to active farmers and not to landowners who do not farm their land. Also, it was decided that more environmentally-friendly farming practices will be used. This is the first reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) shaped by Parliament as a full co-legislator with EU member states.
Farmers could miss out on huge EU payments if ministers and parliamentarians fail to complete the last set of negotiations for Europe’s new agriculture policy today (24 September).
Ministers and a delegation from the European Parliament will attempt to smooth out legal issues during the last round of negotiations over the EU's reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
EU negotiators sealed a deal yesterday (26 June) on future farm policy after months of haggling over how ambitious the policy would be on ending quotas, overhauling direct payments to farmers and making agriculture more environmentally responsible.