Yesterday the European Parliament took its final vote on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU’s system of agricultural systems and subsidies that has governed the way we eat for the past 50 years and whose current reform has been hotly debated recently.
«We cannot say we are satisfied of the European Parliament’s vote on the reform of the CAP» says Slow Food President Carlo Petrini. «Despite the fact that some proposals adopted by COMAGRI, such as the system of double payments, have been fortunately rejected, MEPs have lost a unique opportunity to mark a change in the history of Europe and have ignored the demands of civil society for a greener, sustainable and fair CAP. Not only have the greening proposals not been adopted, worsening, for example, the system of crop rotation, but the Parliament did not accept any suggestion proposed by the Committee for Development to regulate the system of subsidies on exports or monitor the impacts of the CAP on international relations».
Here http://bit.ly/Yb6yLU is the comment by Arc2020, a platform of over 150 civil society networks and organisations within 22 EU Member States of which Slow Food forms a part.