As the biggest exporter and importer of agricultural food products, EU holds a particular international responsibility. EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is therefore an important policy area when it comes to mainstream Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) in EU legislation. The current CAP is going under a reform proposal for 2020-2027 and with its new paper, CONCORD, together with partners from Local dairy Campaign, West Africa, has gathered recommendations on how the EU can and should integrate PCSD into the CAP. The paper especially targets the European Parliament Development Committee (DEVE) that is currently discussing the reform.

 

 

The CAP reform

Common Agricultural Policy is one of the oldest and most budget heavy policy areas of the EU. With a new proposal on CAP strategic plan 2020-2027 the Commission is hoping to reform the CAP with a focus on making it easier to respond to environmental challenges, to align it with the 10 Juncker priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals. Currently the reform proposal is being discussed in the European Parliament within the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) and the Development Committee (DEVE).

 

Why should Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development be integrated?

With the EU being the biggest exporter and importer of agricultural food products, the CAP is closely tied to international relations and development policy. It is therefore important that the CAP is seen through the lens of Policy Coherence. With this paper, CONCORD brings forward concrete recommendations on how to link up the CAP with Policy Coherence for Development.