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Reform of the EU's agricultural policy

Agricultural spending accounts for about 41% of the European Union's annual budget
and has been at the heart of EU policy since the very start of the European project.

The European Commission presented its proposals for reforming the agricultural policy on
12 October 2011. After consultations with Council, Commission, farmers, experts and other
stakeholders, MEPs submitted amendments to the agricultural committee in June and
July 2012.
MEPs - including those responsible for steering the plans through Parliament - have so far
tabled more than 7,400 amendments, more than any other legislative package in the history
of the EP. The political groups are now working on compromises.
As shaping a new EU agricultural policy is impossible without knowing how much money
will be available for it, the EP's agriculture committee has made it clear that the final
vote on the reform in the committee will only be held when the EU's long-term budget for
2014-2020 has been agreed.
Nevertheless, to speed up the reform process, MEPs plan to hold a provisional vote on
their compromise amendments even before the final long-term budget figures are revealed.
The vote, which will give Parliament a strong mandate to start negotiations with
the Council, should take place in November.
A final agreement and adoption of the regulation on the long-term budget is expected by
the end of 2012. Parliament's blessing is needed before the Council can adopt it. Heads
of states will gather for an extraordinary summit on the long-term budget on 22-23 November.
The new agricultural policy should be in place from the beginning of 2014 so it has to be
approved by both the Parliament and the Council by the summer of 2013.

by S. C.
04 february 2013, World News > Europe