The European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee is responsible for scrutinising EU agriculture policies, including farming, forestry and rural development.
Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
The ECR Group believes that the CAP needs significant reform to ensure that taxpayers receive value for money for the investment they make in agriculture, whilst ensuring that the European Union can maintain and increase its production potential in the face of increased price volatility. We believe that there needs to be wide-ranging action to simplify the CAP in order to cut red tape, reduce burdensome checks and make the system less repressive and penalties more proportional.
ECR MEPs believe that it is vital to maintain and develop the productive potential of agriculture in the European Union, in order to ensure food security for future generations. We will be pushing to ensure that the same high standards on quality, health, veterinary issues, and animal welfare that EU farmers and food.
The ECR Group believes that there should be a level playing field for farmers throughout the EU to compete on the internal market and highlights the need for an equal and balanced level of direct payments between the old and new Member States. We believe that the agri-food sector should be the focus of targeted proposals on job creation, growth and investment to ensure that agriculture and the food industry realises its significant potential and maintains a competitive position on the world market.
ECR Members of the AGRI Committee:
The ECR Group believes that the most pressing challenge facing agriculture is the need to increase significantly agricultural production, particularly as the global population is set to reach 9 billion by 2050.