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Innovation in EU Agriculture

On 30 November 2011, the Sub-Committee organised a seminar to discuss innovation in EU agriculture with key stakeholders, including representatives of the European Commission and of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  A summary of the seminar is now available.

In 2010-11, the Sub-Committee conducted an inquiry into how innovation in EU agriculture can be encouraged in the context of new challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and the need to encourage sustainable improvements in output.

The inquiry was held against the background of the EU’s new Strategy for Growth and Jobs, Europe 2020, in which innovation is central. It was agreed by the European Council on 17 June 2010 that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should play its part in delivering that strategy.  Many of the conclusions in the inquiry report, which was published in July 2011, are relevant to the debate that is underway on the reform of the CAP, for which the European Commission published proposals in October 2011.

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