EU parliament committee approves farm subsidy reforms


By Kate Abnett, GFM Network News

via Canadian Cattlemen - September 9, 2021


Brussels | Reuters ó The European Parliamentís agriculture committee on Thursday approved a deal to overhaul the European Unionís huge farming subsidies, including new measures aimed at making agriculture greener.


The committee approved three pieces of legislation, which from 2023 will govern spending from the EUís Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) ó a scheme that will spend 387 billion euros (about C$579 billion) from the EUís 2021-2027 budget on payments to farmers and rural development.


The rules are the result of a three-year battle between EU countries and lawmakers over how to make the policy greener, which ended when negotiators agreed a deal on reforms in June.


The committee approved the rules with a comfortable majority, but Green lawmakers rejected the proposals saying they failed to align agriculture with EU climate change targets.


The full EU parliament will vote...