Commission seeks public input on future of CAP
A public debate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been officially launched by Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos.
Commissioner Ciolos said future European agricultural policy was a matter for all citizens and not just farmers.
A website (www.ec.europa. eu/agriculture/cap-debate) has been created and is open to public contributions until June.
Key topics to discuss include why the EU needs a CAP, what are the agricultural objectives, why should the CAP be reformed and how can it meet people's expectations.
Mr Ciolos said that the Commission hoped to draw strong ideas from the public forum for its Communication on the CAP post 2013 paper, which should be presented at the end of this year.
"We must listen to the citizens of Europe. We must take the time to get the ideas and expectations of all stakeholders," Mr Ciolos said.