EDA comments on new Common Agricultural Policy
All who work on the current CAP proposal know that it has been an intense and constructive journey of three and a half years which has led to a comprehensive and future proof outcome.
The EDA, representing the European dairy processing industry, believes it has been attentive to every single step of this process and has consistently been a reliable partner during substantial discussions about the current state of play of the CAP and its way forward.
During the last months the EDA has been vocal, calling for an overarching deal and its comments have been taken into consideration in the overall process.
Now, the EDA says it is looking forward to working together with all EU institutions and stakeholders towards the smooth implementation of the new CAP.
Among the three Regulations composing the CAP, the Common Markets Organization Regulation (CMO) is a key component of the agricultural sector and of great importance for dairy. The EDA says it believes its implementation is essential for the competitiveness of the European dairy sector across the Union.
The EDA stated: “We are convinced that the deal reached on the CMO Regulation last June 2021 forms a reliable basis for the future of our sector.
“In a time when sustainability is in the center of the discussions on the policymaking process, the new CAP creates the needed momentum and shows flexibility by delivering a policy model capable of mobilising synergies to integrate the European agricultural sector fully into the European Green Deal ambitions.
“The new CAP is set up to be a resilient and transforming policy in the European Union and will lead by example at global level.
“The renewed CAP regulatory framework develops further its market management tools which have proven their efficiency in the past.”
The EDA also states that new CAP national strategic plans and its eco-schemes will be instrumental when it comes to improved delivery on environmental, climate and animal welfare objectives.
The European lactosphère is fully committed to the European Green Deal objectives. The EDA states that as the Farm to Fork Strategy rightly points out, we will have to strengthen the resilience of our dairy supply chain. A chain that, across the three pillars of sustainability, successfully delivers excellent dairy quality for regional, European, and international markets in a competitive and market-oriented environment.
The European dairy sector will further strengthen its global leadership towards more sustainable agri-food practices.
The new CAP, with its innovative approach, gives the stability needed for our sector with its long-term investments, concludes the EDA.