The European Parliament Agriculture Committee has voted with a strong majority to ensure that the future CAP will be structured and supported so as to provide food security, environmental protection, generate renewable energy, create jobs and deliver value for money for European taxpayers.
Speaking following the debate Liam Aylward MEP stated:
“I was pleased to see that a number of key priorities that I identified have come through the Report and the Agriculture Committee have sent a clear message about the centrality of young farmers to ensuring a strong, competitive agriculture sector that delivers food security. At present only 6% of European farmers are younger than 35 and 4.5 million farmers will retire in the next ten years – this is a real crisis facing agriculture.”
“The Report recognises the significant obstacles that young farmers face and has called on the Commission to ensure that mechanisms are put in place to reverse this unsustainable trend, to encourage innovation in agriculture and to allow for a fair income to encourage young people back to the land.”
The Report will now be voted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg in June and a legislative proposal on the CAP is expected from the European Commission in the autumn.