The European Parliament has approved with a large majority (468 votes in favour, 89 abstentions and 123 votes against) the initiative report of the Italian MEP Herbert Dorfmann (EPP) on the future of food and farming. It is a strong signal sent to the European Commission before the publication of its legislative proposals.
The ALDE French delegation welcomes the adoption of this report because it restates the ambition of a common economic framework, simplified, against the challenges, also common, whether they are agricultural, food-related or environmental. In order to take them up and bring a solution which is sustainable and efficient, the European Union can go further only with solidarity and not with a comeback to national measures, as the “New Delivery Model” proposed by the European Commission.
Jean Arthuis (ALDE, LREM), member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, states it: “Overall, we must ensure the competitiveness of farms and preserve both the climate and the environment. It goes without saying that for instance research and innovation have to be encouraged, as this report recommends. Moreover, the deterioration of climates increases the risks of bad weather and natural disasters. Price volatility also requests stabilization measures in order to preserve farmers’ income.
It is therefore necessary to pay a particular attention to the creation of crisis reserves, derogating to the budgetary annuality. In addition, an insurance system could be supported. In any case, by this vote, the Parliament fully participates to the establishment of a clear political framework destined to preserve a common ambition at the European level.”
The political framework which shapes this report for our agricultural and food future is ambitious. It offers a real added value, in addition to calling for the pursuit of a twofold economic and environmental performance for our farmers. But this will be done provided the upholding of the CAP budget in constant prices.
The French delegation within the ALDE group is composed by the following MEPs: Jean Arthuis, Jean-Marie Cavada, Thierry Cornillet, Nathalie Griesbeck, Patricia Lalonde, Robert Rochefort and Dominique Riquet.