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The European Parliament voted for the reform of the Joint EU Agricultural Policy (CAP). A majority of deputies voted on Tuesday in Strasbourg for the amendments to which agriculture in Europe is to become more environmentally friendly and fairer. In the future, a stronger combination of funding is provided for the fulfillment of environmental requirements.

Das Europäische Parlament hat für die Reform der gemeinsamen EU-Agrarpolitik (GAP) gestimmt. Eine Mehrheit der Abgeordneten votierte für die Änderungen, mit denen die Landwirtschaft in Europa umweltverträglicher und gerechter werden soll. © Ina Fassbender The European Parliament voted for the reform of the Common EU Agricultural Policy (CAP). A majority of deputies voted for the amendments to which agriculture in Europe is to become more environmentally friendly and fairer.

This is "more than just a step in the right direction for a performance-oriented, transparent and more effective agricultural policy in Europe," said Ulrike Müller of the free voters involved in the CAP negotiations. EU agricultural commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski explained: "This was a difficult compromise, but I think it's the best compromise that could be achieved." He spoke of a "good result" that "the transition to a more sustainable agriculture" could guarantee.

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The Green Group as well as German SPD members and MPs of the Leften Group had previously announced to vote against the reform plans. You do not go far enough for you.

of the agricultural policy speakers of the Greens in the EU Parliament, Martin Hausling, spoke of a "black day for the farmers in Europe". He criticized that climate protection measures adopted by the EU, such as the Green Deal and the Hof on the Table Strategy, would not be in the CAP.

"The European agricultural subsidy policy can and needs to contribute more to contribute to climate change and loss of biodiversity," explained the SPD MEP Maria Noichl. Peter Year replied by the Conservative EPP Group: "We want to say goodbye to an agrarian reform, and we did not want an agricultural debate on life." The EPP Group welcomed the voting result.

Parliament and Member States had agreed on the reform after tough negotiations at the end of June. Thereafter, the final consent of the two sides was still out. Now the council must give green light. The new rules come into force in 2023.

The common agricultural policy is the second largest post in the EU budget with 387 billion euros to 2027. Germany is around 42 billion euros.

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