FoodDrinkEurope welcomes the publication of the Commissions legislative package on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), but is disappointed that the proposals do not place more emphasis on productivity.
Speaking following the publication, Jesús Serafín Pérez, President of FoodDrinkEurope, said: “Europe’s food and drink industry purchases and processes 70% of EU agricultural production and, as such, has an inherent interest in promoting a competitive, productive and sustainable EU agricultural sector which delivers adequate quantities of agricultural raw materials that correspond to specific quality criteria and that are competitively priced. The CAP reform should reflect this interdependence between European farmers and the food industry.”
In order to guarantee the industry’s competitiveness, the reform should establish a forward-looking common agricultural policy which works for all actors in the supply chain.
FoodDrinkEurope calls on the EU institutions to ensure that the CAP stimulates sustainable production, meeting the challenges surrounding food security, i.e. the need to meet increasing demands for food. Moving forward, FoodDrinkEurope would like to see this key challenge for food manufacturers given greater consideration, as in the Commission’s Communication from 2010, and questions whether today’s proposals will enable the EU agricultural and food sectors to meet the challenges surrounding food security to the full extent.
FoodDrinkEurope asks for the CAP to more explicitly address the need to support productivity growth in both pillars, while protecting EU productive potential and safeguarding natural resources, such as soil and water. In particular, pillar one measures should contain more tangible objectives to drive concrete results. FoodDrinkEurope welcomes the emphasis on research, innovation, knowledge transfer and investment in the second pillar but stresses the need for greater clarity on how these goals will be achieved, given the differences in how measures under the second pillar can be implemented across Member States.
FoodDrinkEurope looks forward to working with EU decision-makers to ensure Europe’s producers and processors are able to tackle the twin challenges of food security and environmental pressures, guaranteeing the long-term competitiveness of Europe’s largest manufacturing industry.