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'Mixed blessings' for Scottish farmers after CAP votes in Brussels

March 14, 2013 10:17 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Plenary votes at the European Parliament on the Common AgriculturalGeorge LyonGeorge Lyon Policy delivered 'mixed blessings' for Scotland's farmers according to Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon.

Speaking after the votes yesterday, Mr Lyon welcomed the fact that amendments will increase the degree of flexibility available to member states as they manage the switch to area based payments. However, he warned that the failure of the Parliament to back the removal of EID from X compliance means that the chance of securing a deal for Scottish farmers is becoming remote.

Mr Lyon also hit out at the decision of the Parliament to back the wide scale use of intervention and storage, warning that this risks taking us back to the bad old days of food mountains and milk lakes.

Commenting, Mr Lyon said

'It was a day of mixed blessings for Scottish farmers in Brussels. With these votes the Parliament has given with one hand but taken away with the other.

'The fact that the Scottish Government will now have additional flexibility over the way they manage the switch to area based payments is welcome. However, the failure of the Parliament to listen to reason on EID X compliance, greening and market intervention is a real concern. There is still a long way to go.'