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I think the little money we have must be used in a more targeted, transparent and efficient way. We must adapt the CAP to the current realities of the European Union.
If we list all the measures we have provided in the Common Agricultural Policy to take into account all the environmental concerns, I think it is fair to say we did something that's far from just 'greenwashing'. And I challenge anyone to show me a previous reform of the Common Agricultural Policy which has gone as far as this on environmental issues.
This proposal shows the determination of the Commission to maintain a strong, responsive and modern policy across the EU. Perhaps the only truly shared policy, not just in the economic field, but covering territorial aspects and the management of natural resources.
Hopefully this Autumn we will be able to publish data on production and on stocks of key produce. I'm thinking of cereals, oilseeds, meat and dairy production.
So in total, straight off, we will have a budget of 210 million euros which will be earmarked for this measure. This will enable us to respond to the compensation requests for the period from May 26 through to the end of June. We will then see where we are, take stock of the situation, and see whether or not we need to adjust these figures.
A situation such as this must not impose suffering unjustly on entire sectors, such as vegetables. Speed in getting help to the producers is a priority. That's what the Commission has been preparing over the past few days.
I now have new information on market conditions. On this basis and on the basis of these discussions (on Tuesday), we will improve the offer but within the limits of our available budget.
I have agreed to review the figures, and to come back with an improved proposal, an improvement which will be substantial, balanced and justified, given the current situation.
We'll propose 150 million euros, and look at the loss estimates projected over the days and weeks to come. I hope that, as soon as possible, the Germany authorities manage to pinpoint the source of the infection, because without that it will be difficult to get consumers' trust back.
It's about keeping farmers incomes somewhat stable. There has to be an incentive to produce something other than food. The environment has to be taken into account better, including climate change questions. Employment has to be maintained in difficult rural areas. Based on these objectives, we're going to define repartition criteria.
Yes, we need to sort that out, both so that more milk is sold to make dairy products, but there are other avenues, like making products on the farm as happens here on this farm, where part of their milk production is prcessed on the farm, and they sell directly to the public. It's true that they don't sell in very large quantities, but a litre of milk sold directly to the public makes a euro, and here they make butter too, and ice cream.
Our reform of the CAP is not linked to WTO negotiations, they are two completely different things.
Personally I think that's a false debate. Too many or not enough. The big question is what we want from agriculture, from European agriculture. And according to the answer, naturally there will be adjustments, but they mustn't be made in an artificial way.
Yes, but the EU has already put an offer on the table, which so far hasn't been matched by other large countries at the WTO negotiations. So this offer already exists. We're just waiting to see what steps our partners are willing to take. I mean, just look at another economic power, the US, and tell me if they are more liberal than the EU on agriculture. Tell me if government support for agriculture in the US is less than in the EU. You'll see that it simply isn't the case. So I think that defining the CAP is a job for Europeans and not for the rest of the world.
The CAP, the Common Agricultural Policy, concerns everyone in Europe, all tax-payers who contribute to the budget of this policy. So I think it's important, before making any preliminary studies, before we reform the CAP, that we listen to people's opinions about this policy, not only farmers, but everyone's opinions in Europe.
Direct payments have to be reformed, the mechanism for maintaining the market has to be reviewed and adapted to the opening of the EU market to the world. The second pillar, the rural development policy also needs reviewing, because we need to modernise – not only to be more competitive, but also to incorporate measures against climate change.