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Potential Paths For Future Farming

18 March 2011

EU - The agriculture of the future was outlined in Presidency conclusions adopted by the Council on 17 March 2011. They will provide an input for the Commission's proposal on the CAP towards 2020.

Since its introduction, the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) has undergone several reforms in response to changed circumstances. The conclusions cover the many elements that must be considered in the new CAP.

The CAP of tomorrow must be sustainable, productive and competitive. It has three main objectives that are partly complementary:

  • a viable food production to provide safe and sufficient food supplies; future production is expected to be characterised by more competition and price volatility;


  • a sustainable management of natural resources and climate action, taking into account environmental and economic considerations; and


  • a balanced territorial development, recognising the challenges rural areas are facing with regard to employment opportunities, demographic change and generation renewal in farming. Agriculture remains a major economic and social driving force in these areas.

Farmers' share of the added value generated by the food supply chain has steadily decreased. Income support to EU farmers helps to guarantee them a fair standard of living. Market support to maintain prices constitutes a necessary safety net in times of crisis.

Agriculture provides substantial public goods and services. This is all the more clear in regions where production is difficult due to natural conditions, and where agriculture helps to preserve biodiversity, the diversity of agricultural landscapes and rural communities.

The reformed CAP should enter into force on 1 January 2014.

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