MEPs have the chance to make CAP more development friendly.

(Brussels, 22/01/2013) Developing countries could benefit from a fairer European farm policy if the European Parliament pushes for a more development friendly Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in a crucial vote on 23-24 January. CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, urges decision makers to follow EU law* and make all policies coherent with development objectives.

Speaking ahead of the vote was Laust Leth Gregesen, Director of Concord Denmark.

“The EU has never really come to terms with the impact its farm policy has on developing countries. But now decision makers are starting to realize the CAP needs to be modernized and made fairer. Keeping the old status quo of export subsidies and dependency on protein imports from developing countries is no longer acceptable.”

“The European Parliament should also follow the sensible calls made by UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food last week that the CAP needs to be ‘development proof’ and realize the high stakes for farmers in developing countries.”

ENDS

Read the full letter to MEPs ahead of the vote here
Notes to Editors:

1. * “The Union shall take account of the objectives of development co-operation in the policies that it implements which are likely to affect developing countries” Article 208 of the Lisbon Treaty. This is known as Policy Coherence for Development which is about ensuring that the aims and objectives of EU development co-operation policy are not undermined by other EU policies, such as those on climate, trade, energy, agriculture, migration, and finance matters. These issues are highlighted in CONCORD’s report.

2. CONCORD is the European NGO confederation for relief and development. CONCORDs 26 national associations and 18 international networks represent over 1,600 NGOs which are supported by millions of citizens across Europe. CONCORD leads reflection and political actions and regularly engages in dialogue with the European institutions and other civil society organisations. http://www.concordeurope.org

3. UN Special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter said on 17 January that:  “Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy means high stakes not only for European farmers, but for millions of others worldwide who are affected by EU policies,” the UN expert said. “Development concerns should be made an essential part of CAP reform, and the window of opportunity for doing so is rapidly closing.” http://www.unric.org/en/latest-un-buzz/28145-last-chance-to-development-proof-the-cap-warns-un-food-expert-on-the-eve-of-key-eu-parliament-vote

Media contacts

CONCORD Communications officer, Daniel Puglisi on +32 2 743 87 77 +32 2 743 87 77, Daniel.Puglisi@concordeurope.org

CONCORD Policy Coherence for Development Coordinator, Blandine Bounioul on +32 027438761 +32 027438761, Blandine.Bouniol@concordeurope.org