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European Agriculture Committee backs strong sustainable and fair CAP - Lyon

May 26, 2011 1:43 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

The European Agriculture Committee has voted on the follow up report on CAP reform drafted by German MEP Albert Dess.

George Lyon MEPGeorge Lyon MEPAfter months of hard negotiations the final text strongly backed the positions set out in the first report by Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon.

Mr Lyon, who was the shadow Rapporteur on the report, commented:

"The original Dess report was timid; it backed the status quo and failed to tackle the major challenges of rising population and the growing demand for food which comes with it.

"After months of hard negotiations the final text strongly backed the positions taken by the European Parliament last July.

"It supports driving competitiveness through innovation, backs incentives to help farmers become more sustainable and competitive, and calls for a fairer distribution of direct payments which would be of significant benefit to Scottish farmers.

"It also recognises the vital role of LFA support in securing the future of areas of natural disadvantage which is vitally important for Scotland.

"This report puts the Parliament in a strong position for the final step of CAP reform which will be the publication of the Commission's detailed legislative proposals due to come to our committee at the end of the year."