June 25, 2024


Today, reps from European federal governments, the European Parliament as well as the European Commission struck a bargain on the EU’s farming plan, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), for the following 7 years. Every year, in between 2021-2027 around 54 billion euros of EU taxpayer cash will certainly be invested in CAP aids, which primarily fund extensive as well as manufacturing facility farming. The extensive farming design it advertises straight brings about biodiversity loss, water as well as air contamination, over-extraction of water as well as gas the environment situation.

This devastating offer declares to be ‘eco-friendly’ however remains in fact loaded with greenwashing. This offer suggests that a lot of the multi-billion euro budget plan can remain to stream to damaging business-as-usual techniques if EU nations dream. For instance:

  • Fake environment accountancy: damaging aids to count as environment activity
  • Massive financial backing to the extensive animals field, which is sustaining the environment situation
  • No demand for the CAP to be straightened with the EU Green Deal
  • No system to hold Member States responsible for more ecological wear and tear
  • No significant demand for area for nature on ranches (trees, fish ponds, blossom strips, bushes …), regardless of minimal clinical demand of 10%. [1: see infographic in notes]
  • Less cash for the atmosphere in Pillar I (ecoschemes), as well as no needs to really invest the cash on reliable ecological steps
  • Non- atmosphere costs in Pillar II will certainly still count as cash for atmosphere, such as ANCs (Areas of Natural Constraint) as well as pet well-being settlements (the last highly likely to be abused as a means to subsidise manufacturing facility farming)
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The offer will certainly require to be rubber-stamped by the European Parliament as well as reps of the EU’s nationwide federal governments, however the information of the future CAP are currently prepared.

Harriet Bradley, Senior Agriculture Policy Officer, BirdLife Europe:

“This CAP offer is a free-for-all spruced up as system adjustment. There is absolutely nothing to quit EU nations from remaining to money the devastation of nature. This is entirely inappropriate with the EU Parliament’s guarantees to change farming as well as their dedications under the Climate Law as well asBiodiversity Strategy MEPs have to currently elect this CAP down if they are authentic concerning intending to conserve our earth.”

This brand-new CAP offer will certainly torpedo the EU’s enthusiastic Green Deal, which frantically required an extreme CAP reform in order to be successful.

Harriet Bradley proceeds:
“How can the EU Green Deal be a success when one third of the EU’s budget plan could be invested in making the biodiversity as well as environment situation even worse? The just point eco-friendly concerning this offer is the outright greenwashing.”

The EU’s very own auditor solution, as well as over 3600 researchers have actually condemned the CAP, as well as various researches have actually verified that the extensive farming the CAP advertises is pressing numerous types in the direction of termination[1] Since 1980, the EU has actually shed 57% of its farmland birds. Butterflies, as well as flying pests are likewise in major decrease.

The most reliable option for turning around the decrease of farmland types is to make area for nature for all-natural environments such as hedges, blossom strips as well as fish ponds, on ranches. At the very least 10% is required to be reliable. This CAP offer stops working to need this, regardless of it being a target of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy.

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Ariel Brunner, Senior Head of Policy, BirdLife Europe:
“This CAP is a dishonesty of the farmers that are attempting to adjust to environment adjustment, a death penalty for nature, an open invite to oligarchs to remain to loot the general public funds, as well as a put in the face of youths requesting a livable future. It is just a shame that no quantity of spin, publicity as well as greenwashing can conceal.”

He proceeds: “From Heads of State to nationwide political leaders as well as also President Von der Leyen herself all declare that the European Green Deal is our ticket to defeat the nature as well as environment dilemmas. But after that they allow nationwide Agriculture Ministers as well as participants of the EU Parliament’s Agriculture Committee to intestine it. They do this in support of farming unions protecting the fat felines versus the passions of their very own subscription. This is an unfortunate day for Europe as well as a considerable action better in the direction of the void of runaway environment adjustment as well as ecological communities collapse.”


Notes for editors:

[1] Why we require area for nature on ranches

[2] Several researches have actually revealed that the extensive farming design the CAP advertises is pressing numerous types in the direction of termination:

For even more details, please call:

Harriet Bradley, Senior EU Agriculture Policy Officer, BirdLife Europe
+32 478 88 73 02

Honey Kohan, Communication Manager, BirdLife Europe as well as Central Asia
+32 483 55 95 43

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