The long-anticipated vote on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Proposal is due to take place at the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) of the European Parliament tomorrow. However, this vote and its possible outcome create more questions than answers for civil society groups and Members of Parliament alike.
Slow Food Europe has been among organizations calling on EU decision-makers for a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform that is ambitious and leads a real transition towards a sustainable food system. Even though the institutional agreement on the new CAP will most probably be concluded by the new European Parliament, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) of the current Parliament can still play a role in shaping the CAP proposal, and with its vote in April, can give the newly elected policy-makers strong indications of which direction the new CAP should take. At the same time, the Council of the EU is carrying the CAP file forward, and the Romanian presidency expects to have a provisional agreement among the Member States in June, by the end of its presidency.
Days ahead the Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council meeting in Brussels, Slow Food Europe and other five civil society organizations urge European ministers of agriculture to increase the environmental ambition of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform and not to “further weaken the Commission’s proposal.”
Slow Food Europe believes food-related issues should have been more broadly addressed in the European Commission’s Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030 since food can be a way to help achieve each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. Meanwhile, in a public debate held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on February 12, civil society groups criticized the European Commission for portraying the European Union as a frontrunner in sustainable development. The Reflection Paper, published at the end of January, focuses on the key policy foundations for the transition towards a sustainable Europe, including the aim of correcting the imbalances in our food system.
“A Common Food Policy for Europe is urgently needed to address climate change, halt biodiversity loss, curb obesity, and making farming reliable for the next generation.” This was the key message of a report launched today by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), following a three-year process of participatory research. Slow Food was among 400 food system actors who helped to shape a blueprint for a reform, which was presented at the high-level meeting at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
On January 19, at the foot of Berlin’s Brandenburg gate, 35,000 activists and citizens of all ages gathered to send a loud and clear message to policy makers: Wir Haben es Satt! “ We have had enough!”. Its 9th installment took place on the week of the Berlin Agriculture Ministers‘ Conference and Berlin’s International Green Week, which attracted many European stakeholders and decision-makers to the capital of Germany.
Just days ahead of the meeting of European Agriculture ministers taking place in Brussels today, Slow Food Europe joined a group of NGOs calling on the Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council to take into consideration the voice of civil society when discussing the new Commission’s report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union.
Slow Food Europe joins a group of NGOs boycotting the European Commission’s two day EU Agricultural Outlook conference, which is taking place in Brussels. The Commission describes the conference as the ‘key annual gathering of European stakeholders willing to engage and discuss the future of agriculture.’ Ironically, the conference ignores fundamental issues for agriculture: the ecological crisis and the urgent need to transition to sustainable production.
Brussels, November 19 – the Good Food Good Farming campaign organised a Disco Soup in front of the Council of the European Union today, calling on EU agriculture ministers to serve up a better future for farming. The campaign, made up of over 80 civil society groups, representing farmers, food activists, and environmental organizations, drew attention to the ongoing reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and delivered 100,000 signatures of EU citizens, supporting demands for a fair, green and healthy CAP reform. The Disco Soup – a culinary and musical act of protest – was the final event of the European Days of Action which have brought together thousands of people across the EU.