“I am really happy with the result of the vote. We are paving the way for the upcoming Common Agricultural Policy. The long-term aims of the CAP must be to ensure fair standards of living for the agricultural community, stabilise markets and guarantee viable food production. That's why we have to push for a better organisational capability in various sectors and to strengthen the contractual systems for farmers, processors, and distributors at the same time”, said rapporteur
New tools to fight price volatility...
The current Common Agricultural Policy lacks effective tools to address growing market volatility and to help farmers cope with price changes, says the resolution. Existing risk management tools, such as mutual funds, income stabilisation and insurance are implemented slowly, unevenly and are poorly funded, it adds.
...and tackle crises
Farmers must be better informed about ways to make their holdings more competitive and on options available to them when it comes to risk management, market data and volatility, MEPs say. They call on the
Boosting farmers' bargaining power
The resolution calls on the Commission to align EU competition policy with the specific needs of the agricultural sector and boost farmers' negotiating power in the food supply chain by introducing standard, transparent, balanced and collectively negotiated contracts laying down inter alia prices for products and payment periods. The size of a producer organisation representing farmers in collective negotiations should ideally correspond to that of its negotiating partner, MEPs say.
Enhancing supply chain transparency
Information on prices and costs must be made timelier and easier to access for all supply chain stakeholders, MEPs insist. They call for an EU-wide electronic map providing real-time information on the availability of agricultural products, EU agricultural price observatories covering the entire chain from producer price to final retail price, and sufficient funding to enable observatories to make recommendations, too.
The text approved by the Agriculture Committee still needs to be scrutinised by the full House, probably at its 12-15 December plenary session in
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