Reform of the common agricultural policy

common agricultural policy, AGRI

Given that there is no Czech Member in the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), Mr. Telička has been following all the files that are important for the Czech Republic and, following meetings and consultation with the stakeholders, he has contributed to the files in various ways. The most important file on the table, currently, is the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020. The CAP is a partnership between the Europe and its farmers, supporting them and ensuring food security.

Mr. Telička organised three meetings in Prague with the Czech stakeholders, in order to discuss and finalise amendments on the CAP legislative files that would reflect the Czech position and its interests. Given Mr. Telička's good cooperation with his ALDE AGRI colleagues, he managed to table 23 amendments, including amendments on capping and the definition of the genuine farmer, that were priorities for the CZ. Capping would mean that the large farms in the Czech Republic would receive substantially lower funding as the maximum amount received by each farm would be limited. The proposal to implement capping as a mandatory measure is highly discriminative. Therefore, we strongly oppose the introduction of mandatory capping.

Mr. Telička asks that the reduction of the basic income support for sustainability remains voluntary and that the definition of the "genuine farmer" is provided at EU level, in order to secure the commonality of the policy. Mandatory capping would be discriminative for certain Member States, taking into account the differences in farming structure and environmental challenges across Europe. The amendments will now be negotiated between the political groups in January and February, with the aim to be voted in the Plenary before the end of this term, in May 2019.  For Mr Telička , the general aim is to modernise and simplify the Common Agricultural Policy in order to make it fit to face major global challenges, such as long-term food security, along with environmental degradation and competitiveness.

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