Parliament is reforming its EU-wide farming framework: the Common Agricultural Policy. Members have ambitious plans for the reform, from making funding fairer, to giving more support to young and new farmers and struggling regions, and making sure that EU farmers are better equipped to face crises.
Almost half of the land in the European Union is used for farming. The EU wants to protect and promote its agricultural sector. With a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 in the pipeline, Parliament is pushing for more flexibility and fairer funding. The aim is to make farming fairer across the whole of the bloc. Rural regions would get more funding, and members want more support for young and new farmers. We have to reflect that the income in different regions in Europe is different. It wouldn't be fair, I think, to bring all the farmers in Europe to the same income. Members want to keep EU farming competitive, so they are pushing for the CAP to be sufficiently financed. The question is, which kind of farming do we want in Europe? I personally think we should have in Europe farms which are family-based, sustainable, innovative, and which are attractive for young people. MEPs want the future CAP to make farms more environmentally sustainable as well to foster innovation and smart farming practices, so that the EU has food security and a flourishing farm sector for the years to come.