Agricultural ministers reject all key environmental measures in future CAP
“EU ministers have scandalously pushed through measures that will allow many farmers avoid key elements of the greening requirements despite the European Parliament’s support for these measures. This is counterproductive for farmers, the public and of course nature.”
“It is also outrageous that at a time of severe austerity agricultural ministers have decided to support double subsidies for farmers for undertaking the same measures. This will illegally waste scarce public money.”
“If we want a future for farmers and the environment, ministers must realise that a deal must include policies that look after biodiversity, soil, water and all the other essential inputs for farming. This is why the Council’s decision to drop minimum spending for the environment in Rural Development, in opposition to the Parliament’s position, is unacceptable.”
Multiple exemptions for greening: The Council supported massive exemptions for farmers from the greening so that they can automatically obtain the 30% Direct Payments. In addition the specific greening measures have been significantly weakened so that they will not lead to environmental improvements.
No minimum spending on the environment: No mandatory spending thresholds have been included on environmental issues in the Rural Development – a major step backward compared to the current CAP where 25% of Rural Development is earmarked for the environment.
Removal of key environmental protection legislation proposed by the Commission: Two crucial improvements related to the Water Framework Directive and the Pesticides Directive that the Commission introduced were removed by the Council.