Agriculture and Rural Development

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New rules for a simpler and fairer EU farming policy which will strengthen farmers’ position in a fairer supply chain have been endorsed by the...

Farmer and businessman examining plant in field

The EPP Group today backed legislation establishing more and better controls and inspections throughout the food chain. The goal is to improve...

Farmer in a field with combine harvester in the background

The EPP Group in the European Parliament is by far the strongest defender of the interests of European farmers. During the last reform of the CAP, it...

A fair food chain for all

In school yards and football fields we know what fair play means, but when it comes to business it’s not that easy anymore. How to tackle...



The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development mainly deals with the Common Agricultural Policy but also processes legislation on forestry, on veterinary and plant-health matters, animal feeding stuffs provided such measures are not intended to protect against risks to human health, and on animal husbandry and welfare.


Monetary crop
Press Release
24.03.2015 - 16:08

CAP: better controls to benefit farmers

Monitoring EU spending on the Common Agricultural Policy is consuming a growing amount of time and money. Checking 40 million transactions and other CAP controls costs around four billion Euros a...
Corn Hybrid Selection genetic biotechnology
Press Release
04.12.2014 - 12:08

Breakthrough in negotiations on GMO crop growing ban

EU Parliament and Member States reached a deal on national bans on GMO crop growing In late-night negotiations, the European Parliament and Member States agreed on a new procedure allowing Member...
EU organic logo
Press Release
03.12.2014 - 11:46

Better regulation for organic food

"Customer confidence and the quality of organic products are the key elements for the European organic market to develop and compete", said Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, Rapporteur of the...
Cash background
Press Release
27.11.2014 - 09:06

TTIP: key priority for the EPP Group

Finishing successful negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a key priority of the EPP Group. The Group has decided to create a Working Group on the TTIP which...
Phil Hogan
Press Release
02.10.2014 - 11:51

EPP Group expects Hogan to put CAP reform into action

Phil Hogan demonstrated the political experience and aptitude required for the agriculture portfolio as Ireland's next European Commissioner at today's European Parliament hearing, according...
Young plant
Press Release
01.04.2014 - 14:42

CAP Reform: EPP Group gets more flexibility for farmers

EPP Group putting pressure on European Commission to improve implementation of CAP reform/More flexibility for farmers The European Commission is willing, following pressure from the EPP Group in...



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