Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Session 2002-03
21 January 2003 COMMITTEE PUBLISHES REPORT INTO THE MID-TERM REVIEW OF THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY


Session 2002-03
21 January 2003 COMMITTEE PUBLISHES REPORT INTO THE MID-TERM REVIEW OF THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today publishes its Report into the Mid-Term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy (Third Report, Session 2002-03, HC151).

In general, the Committee welcomes the proposals put forward by Commissioner Fischler in the Mid-Term Review - although it considers that they do not go far enough in some respects.  The Report makes detailed comments about the proposals, and about developments since the proposals were first made.  It sets the Review in the context of World Trade Organisation negotiations about agriculture and of enlargement of the European Union.  And it makes observations about the particular impact that the Mid-Term Review proposals might have on farming in the United Kingdom.

On publication of the Report, the Chairman of the Committee, David Curry MP, said:

"We believe the measures in the Mid-Term Review are the minimum reforms required - but our inquiry leads us to expect that they are far beyond what the European Council will agree.

"It is important to frame reforms in terms of Europe's own needs and farmers' desire for certainty, however important the international dimension and however likely it is that WTO negotiations will ultimately prove to be the main drivers for reform of the CAP."

The Report is timed to be published in advance of the European Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 27 and 28 January.

Notes for Editors

The Report follows an inquiry conducted by a Sub-committee in the Autumn, which took evidence from, amongst others, the Irish Minister for Agriculture and Food, Joe Walsh TD, and from the UK Farming Minister, Lord Whitty.  The inquiry was also helped by a visit to the European Commission in Brussels.

The terms of reference of the inquiry can be found in our Press Notice No.47

The full text of the Report will be available on our website from 3.30 pm.




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