Agriculture and rural development

“The EPP Group is clear: we will strengthen farmers’ position to protect them against market hazards”, said Michel Dantin MEP, a French Member of the EPP Group responsible for the Single Common Market Organisation Regulation that sets the rules for public interventions on agricultural product markets under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the 2021-2027.

The single CMO Regulation is being voted on today in the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee. Another important part of the CAP, the Strategic Plans, drafted by Spanish Member Esther Herranz García, will be voted on tomorrow.

The final agreement aims to adapt the Single CMO to the evolutions of international trade to improve the rules governing the relationship within the supply chain and to simplify and adapt rules on quality products and marketing standards to evolving demands of European consumers.

“In line with the EPP Group's roadmap on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, I led these negotiations with the constant concern of strengthening the protection of farmers against market hazards and to enable them to better organise themselves in compliance with competition law”, said Dantin.

“I am glad that the final agreement improves the contractual rules and cooperation tools available for farmers, particularly inter-branch organisations, in order to strengthen their position in the supply chain and ensure that farmers get a fair share of the added value. We also obtained the creation of a European Observatory of Agricultural Markets to improve market transparency and the reinforcement of the arsenal of tools aimed at stabilising agricultural markets, preventing and managing crises.”

“Quality products are the pride of Europe and its agriculture. My main goal has been to strengthen these success stories by securing the maintenance of the vine authorisation system until 2050 instead of 2030, simplifying the procedures of registration and modification of the specifications of the products under the quality DOP/GI scheme while ensuring the reinforcement of the already high level of protection of these products.”

“Remembering the increasing demands of consumers, we introduced nutritional labelling and ingredients of wine products and reviewed marketing standards for livestock products to prohibit the use of specific terms of these productions for alternative plant products (steak, escalopes and burger).”

A press conference with Mr Dantin and Mrs Herranz García will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 2 April at 17.00 hrs in Room 0A050, Paul-Henri Spaak Building, European Parliament, Brussels.

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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 217 Members from 28 Member States

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