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Two in three European farmers want to do more for the environment and climate

Two in three farmers are willing to do more for the environment and against climate change. ‘This figure, I have never seen before. This is a breakthrough’, welcomed european commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan Friday the results of a large-scale survey on the future of European agricultural policy.

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A survey about the future of the agricultural policy last week resulted in more than 322.000 submissions from farmers, ngos, citizens and other stakeholders. Completely representative, is such a consultation is not approved Hogan, but the Irishman was pulled from the submissions a number of lessons. That citizens still find that the agricultural policy is best at the European level is conducted, for example, and that the promotion of farmers to contribute to the protection of the environment and the fight against climate change one of the two main policy objectives should be.

Honest income

There are also more and more farmers are convinced, as taught Hogan from the consultation. Ensuring a fair standard of living for farmers is the other major policy objective that enjoys broad-based support. Less than 97 percent is, after all, agree that farmers only a fraction of the consumer prices for food pocket. Sixty-six percent of the survey respondents, direct support is still the best way to achieve that objective.

Europe spent last year to 62 billion euros (40 percent of the budget) to agriculture and it went 42 billion for market related expenditure and direct income support.

Increase Budget

In a reflectienota about the future of the European finance suggested that the Commission recently to the agriculture budget to reduce and a portion of that expenditure to co-financing by the member states. “That was only one of the five options. There is also the option that proposes the budget to increase, but that will not get as much attention’, the differentiated Hogan.

The commissioner wants to be at the end of the year his vision for the future of the agricultural policy present. The concrete proposals on the multiannual budget after 2020 and the common agricultural policy see until the summer of next year the born.

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