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This post about the future of EU farm policy was published by EurActiv on 13th April 2010.

In his first exchange of views with the European Parliament on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolo? highlighted farmers’ potential to deliver the bloc’s new economic strategy for 2020.

The reformed CAP can make “a major contribution” to the EU’s new strategy for sustainable economic growth, dubbed ‘Europe 2020’, said Ciolo?, addressing the Parliament’s agriculture committee yesterday (12 April).

Referring to the CAP as “the engine of growth in the countryside,” Ciolo? said the EU’s future farm policy would play an essential role in encouraging sustainable natural resource use in agriculture.

EU Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik has also called for a “profound greening” of EU farm policy to make the CAP deliver sustainable agricultural practices (EurActiv 17/03/10).

Farming is an essential source of employment in rural areas, which often underpins other rural economic activity, Ciolo? stressed.

The CAP is also an essential engine of green and intelligent growth, Ciolo? said, arguing that innovation in farming can contribute to fighting climate change and finding ways of “producing more with less”.

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