Common Agricultural Policy
For over 50 years, the CAP is ensuring a stable supply of safe, nutritious and affordable food for all EU citizens. Over the past decade, the CAP became an important tool to support farmers in successfully tackling climate change and the sustainable management of natural resources.
FEFAC welcomes the overall orientation in the CAP Communication to favour more sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming methods, which will enable farmers to meet the commitments to the Sustainable Developments Goals, the COP21 climate change objectives and most recently the Green Deal. However, before any regulation takes place a proper impact assessment should be carried out.
The CAP should continue to remain a Common policy. We welcome the focus on encouraging diversity of EU agricultural systems at Member State level as a key component of increasing further their resilience. However, the EU Commission needs to invest in robust tools when assessing National Strategic Plans to minimise the risk of renationalization of certain CAP elements to avoid any serious market distortions.
FEFAC believes that the CAP and other EU policies should create the appropriate framework to enhance the competitiveness of the EU livestock sector by:
- Maintaining a stable and predictable legal framework & improve policy coherence between CAP and other relevant EU policies, including Free Trade Agreements
- Enhancing the competitiveness of EU plant protein production based on the recommendation of the EU Protein Plan
- Maintaining open market access to imported vegetable proteins, in particular for concentrated sources of protein (HiPro)
- Stimulating research and innovation at a pre-competitive level, together with dissemination of knowledge to achieve CAP & Climate change policy goals
- Improving the resilience for livestock farmers to manage their financial risk in crisis situations
- Further developing and opening access to export markets for products of animal origin, as a source of growth and jobs in the EU feed & livestock sector