EU budget leaves environment in the cold, says Greenpeace EU

BRUSSELS - The European Commission has slashed funding earmarked for environmental protection in a draft seven-year EU budget released today
calendar icon 3 May 2018
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The Commission has removed dedicated environmental funding under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which is the biggest part of the EU budget, accounting for almost 40 percent of the EU’s expenditure.

Under the current budget (2014-2020), 30 percent of direct CAP payments to farmers (which make up about 80 percent of CAP funding) is conditional on meeting minimum environmental standards. This is by far the largest EU funding stream dedicated to environmental protection, and has now been removed from the EU budget.

Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director Marco Contiero said: “It’s shocking that the Commission hasn’t ring-fenced money for environmental protection in the EU’s direct payments to farmers, especially considering the damage done by industrial farming. The EU is already lagging behind in its commitments to tackle climate change, water and air pollution, and environmental destruction – to have nothing set aside to address these failures in its single largest expenditure is unacceptable. European governments and the EU Parliament need to fix this budget so that the EU can back up its promises for greener and fairer farming.”

The EU budget, known as the Multiannual Financial Framework, outlines the total budget of the European Union for the next seven years (2021-2027) and allocates funds to different sectors and policies.

As reported by Greenpeace EU

Ryan Johnson

Editor at The Poultry Site

Ryan worked in conservation from 2008 to 2017, during which time he operated a rainbow trout hatchery and helped to maintain public and protected green spaces in Canada for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. As editor of The Poultry Site, he now writes about challenges and opportunities in agriculture across the globe.

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