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EU Court of Auditors’ delivers a negative verdict on Commissions farming proposals


FOUR PAWS shares the criticism of the Court of Auditor and pushes for better animal welfare

Brussels, 7.11.2018 - The European Court of Auditors’ (ECA) has delivered a critical verdict on the Commission's legislative proposals on the reform of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from 2020 onwards, putting the focus on environmental and climate objectives and on performance.


The published report sees no vision for a long-term Common Agricultural Policy and underlines the insufficient clear measurables, to achieve a sustainable agriculture, guaranteeing that the common EU goals are achieved. Also, the proposed system complicates or prevents effective controls. The distribution of resources makes it more difficult for the Member States to achieve the defined objectives. It also remains uncertain how the implementation of appropriate measures to achieve the objectives is to be ensured by the Member States. 


The policy will continue to be based on direct payments to farmers, based on the size of the farm, which does not take into consideration the environmental issues. According to the EU Court of Auditors’ this does not represent the most economical way to ensure decent incomes for farmers.


Pierre Sultana, Director of the European Policy Office of FOUR PAWS in Brussels states that "the proposal missed an opportunity to make European agricultural policy more sustainable and animal-friendly for the future. It is now important that further improvements are achieved in the negotiations between the Commission, Parliament and the Council. The European Union and its Member States must assume their responsibilities and advocate a better animal-friendly policy for the benefit of consumers".


It is important to underline that agriculture remains the policy taking a large part of the EU's budget and the EU Commission plans to provide € 365 billion in funding for agriculture and rural areas for the years from 2021 to 2027, which represents approximately 28,5% of the overall budget for that period. The political direction for the years to come are crucial, as it will point the way for animal welfare, fair income for farmers, climate and environmental protection, food quality.


FOUR PAWS believes that the promotion of animal friendly and sustainable agriculture needs to become a priority for the Common Agricultural Policy, and expresses its concerns about the CAP proposal, urging the EU Commission, EU Parliament and the Council of the European Union to include better animals welfare and environmental provisions during the next trialogue negotiations.


Contact information:

VIER PFOTEN/ FOUR PAWS, European Policy Office

Avenue de la Renaissance 19/11, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


Phone: 0032-2-7400888