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Common Agricultural Policy

Published on May 23, 2013
Reply by M. Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, the Food Industry and Forestry, to a question in the National Assembly

Paris, May 15, 2013

You quickly outlined the state of the negotiations begun in 2009 on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. I can announce to Parliament this afternoon that they’re reaching their conclusion. The goal set is to have an agreement between now and the end of June, under the Irish presidency, so that the reform can be implemented as early as 2015. This goal requires further negotiations in the framework of what you called the “trilogue”, because it’s the first agricultural reform to be negotiated with the European Parliament as joint decision-maker. So there’s now a process under way between the Council of Agriculture Ministers and the European Parliament, and everyone has expressed their position. So today the discussions are under way; they relate to several important subjects.

First of all, it’s about the major issue of livestock farming and the rebalancing of aid. The coupling of aid, and the level of coupling we can achieve at the end of the negotiations, have yet to be debated. The Commission has proposed 10%, the Parliament 15% and the Council of Ministers 12%. We must be able to move forward on this area.

We’ll also have to specify together the conditions for the implementation of what you called “the greening” of the Common Agricultural Policy.

We must also set the conditions necessary for a regulation of all the markets, in the framework of the Common Market Organization.

France’s goal has been clear: to provide budgetary support to the Common Agricultural Policy; to maintain the diversity of agriculture throughout Europe and particularly in our country; and finally, to implement mechanisms to ensure farmers can influence the decisions made in the framework of the major sectors, particularly livestock farming./.

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