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Jan Plagge elected deputy chair of the working group on the Common Agriculture Policy

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The President of Bioland  and Vice-President of the IFOAM EU Group (International Federation of Organic Agriculture) Jan Plagge was elected unanimously to be the deputy chairman of the Civil Dialogue Group (CDG). It assists the Commission and will engage in dialogue on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in Brussels.

The CDG is the most important body advising the EU Commission on the reform of the CAP after the current period from 2020. Represented in the group are CAP stakeholders ranging from environmental protection associations to big trade associations. The EU Commission will start preparations for the reform in the coming year. In order to do this it seeks the views of the representatives of groups with an interest in agricultural policy and NGOs in Europa and it will launch a public online consultation that all EU citizens can take part in.

Taking this into account, the Commission will develop policy options and evaluate their consequences. The CDG will advise the Commission during this procedure. Hovering over the reform procedures are the Brexit negotiations and the related budget negotiations for the new EU financial period after 2020.

Henri Brichart, the Vice President of the French farmers association (FNSEA) and deputy President of the EU Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations (COPA), was elected as chairman of the CDG.

Plagge: "Analyse critically the effectiveness of the current CAP"

At the meeting of stakeholders held last Friday in Brussels Jan Plagge advocated looking at the present CAP critically and in great detail: “The two biggest problem areas are currently far from a solution: direct payments from the first pillar finance primarily the ownership of land and don't contribute enough to stabilising farm incomes,” said Plagge.

He added that at the same time there is no functioning market for the public goods water, species conservation, soil and climate. “In both the first and second pillars, the CAP does little to preserve public goods that are important for survival. We've got to analyse critically the effectiveness of the present CAP and incorporate our observations into innovative development possibilities for the CAP after 2020 ,” maintained the new vice-chairman.


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