Glenis Willmott MEP and leader of the Labour Party in Europe has criticised the European Commission’s announcement of plans for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy.
Mrs Willmott said:
“This reform falls well short of what we want. The Commission are trying to be all things to all people and in doing so have failed to come forward with the radical proposals we need to bring EU agriculture policy into the 21st century.
“The Commission has failed to get to grips with inefficient farming methods in other EU countries and many wasteful subsidies, including those to “tobacco growers” still remain”
“It is essential in these difficult economic times to reform the CAP and action is urgently needed to bring down food prices, ensure fair farm gate prices for producers as well as delivering economic growth, rural sustainability and food security.
“We were told that the CAP would be reformed to deliver more sustainable farming, but there are real concerns that today’s announcement offers little more than a greenwash.”
“The Tory led government needs to get a grip. Ministers are always willing to make bold statements to the media about reform of the CAP. However, it is high time David Cameron, who talks about leadership, actually showed some, stopped cosying up to Nicolas Sarkozy and stood up for UK consumers and farmers.”