The leaders of the European Parliament’s political groups have decided to strike another blow to the interests of farmers and ranchers by giving the Committee on the Environment a “shared competence” with the Committee on Agriculture on the environmental aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy ( PAC) after 2020.

According to the decision, the MEPs of the Environment Committee will have enough space to influence the CAP legislation with regard to environmental issues.

This decision has pleased the green NGOs, who called it “unprecedented” and pointed out that it was finally recognized that the environment is an integral part of agriculture, while EU farmers have already expressed their anger with this resolution and the consequences that can lead to the sector.


Contacted by Euractiv, the Secretary General of the Cup and Cogeca, Pekka Pesonen, said that “it is important to maintain consistency in the proposals of the CAP keeping them under the competence of the Committee of Agriculture of the European Parliament.”

Pesonen said recently that, at the level of the European Commission, this agrarian committee was often “marginalized” in decisions on issues related to agriculture.

“We are quite concerned about the tendency for the agrarian committee to have been left out on many issues related to agriculture, such as the future of biofuels,” he said.

For his part, Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director Marco Contiero said that Parliament was right to involve Members of the European Parliament with a variety of knowledge, ranging from public health to the environment and climate change.

“It’s a recognition that agriculture impacts more than just the agriculture industry. The agriculture committee must respect this decision and not abuse its role to set aside environmental problems, “Contiero emphasized.

“By giving the Environment Committee a real voice on the future, the CAP is the first step necessary to bring some responsibility to the policy and rhetoric that has been offered up to now for the environment,” said Ariel Brunner, Chief of Senior Policies of BirdLife Europe.

Via | Agroinformation.