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"It is scandalous that Commission Vice-President Timmermans has tried to keep the study on the consequences of its Farm to Fork Strategy a secret just because the results were not what he wanted! We insist on a thorough impact assessment on the effects of the strategy before we agree on any new EU laws", said Herbert Dorfmann MEP, the EPP Group's Spokesman in the Agriculture Committee and Parliament's lead negotiator on the file.

"We want Europe to do more to protect the climate, and we want all sectors to contribute to this goal. The proposed Farm to Fork Strategy is at the heart of the European Green Deal which will make European food production more sustainable and climate-friendly. We agree with the goals, but we need alternatives for how to reach these goals, for the best interests of consumers, farmers and the environment", said Christine Schneider MEP, responsible for the file for the EPP Group in the Environment Committee.

For the EPP Group, it is crucial that new rules for food production do not lead to less food being produced in Europe or being dependent on food imports from outside the EU.

"If we replace European quality food with imported food, we will be shooting ourselves in the foot. Importing food from abroad means exporting our carbon footprint outside Europe. Actions that lead to fake greening are not a solution", underlined Dorfmann and Schneider, recalling that the EPP Group has been asking for an impact assessment on the Farm to Fork Strategy since spring 2020.

The European Parliament will debate today and vote on Tuesday on its input to the European Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy.

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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 179 Members from all EU Member States

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