Oxfam reaction on EU budget/CAP review
Oxfam's Luis Morago, said: “Friday’s deal opens a small window of opportunity for a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform that is so urgently needed. But the wording agreed for a review in 2008/9 of all spending raises serious doubts over Europe’s willingness to substantially reform its agricultural policy in the coming years.”
“This commitment must be swiftly followed by a binding plan and timetable for a comprehensive overhaul of the CAP - with real political "teeth" – which delivers changes on the ground as early as possible.”
“EU Member states must take this opportunity to fundamentally address a policy that is increasingly facing condemnation both within Europe and abroad. As shown this week at the WTO Ministerial in Honk Kong, the reluctance of the EU to reform its agriculture sector has resulted in further isolation and growing bitterness from its key trading partners”, Morago added.
Oxfam is calling for an overhaul of the CAP which would end dumping, and promote rural development and environmentally sustainable farming in Europe. Oxfam also wants open and transparent public debate about the future of agriculture spending based on the public disclosure of CAP payments by all EU member states – the majority of which still keep details of payments secret.
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