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CAP proposals fail to address key concerns - Lyon

October 12, 2011 12:07 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

George Lyon, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland, has reacted to European Commission proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy after 2014.

George Lyon MEPGeorge Lyon MEPMr Lyon wrote the European Parliament's first report on CAP reform in 2010 and has been campaigning for a fairer, greener and more sustainable approach to agriculture.

Agriculture Commissioner Ciolos outlined his plans to MEPs today, but while there are some good points for Scottish farmers, the goal of making CAP fit for 21st century priorities has been missed.

Commenting, Mr Lyon said:

"The proposals are a mixture of good and bad.

"From a Scottish perspective there are plus points as he has taken action to stamp out the slipper brigade, helped young farmers and targeted more support at producers in LFA areas who really need it.

"There will be deep concerns, however, about the threat to cap payments and how the changeover to area payments in 2014 will actually work. This will lead to great uncertainty in the industry as farmers try to work out what their future support payments will be.

"Commissioner Ciolos has moved to plug the hole in his earlier proposals with the introduction of a reference year of 2011 to qualify for the new area entitlements which should give some comfort to tenants.

"On the key test of whether this will incentivise and develop a more sustainable, more competitive, more carbon efficient agriculture the whole package falls dreadfully short.

"The greening of the direct payments are nothing more than green-wash and they run the risk of making European farmers less competitive.

"It is simply nonsense to require 7% of land to be set aside at a time of food and energy scarcity."