EU bodies disagree on greening in CAP reform
Published 16/11/2011 | 06:00
The European Parliament and the European Commission are set on a collision course over the greening proposals included in the CAP reform package.
The Parliament has deep concerns that the greening measures are too limited and too detailed, Ireland East MEP Mairead McGuinness has said.
Speaking at the Teagasc Agri-Environment conference last Thursday, Ms McGuinness said the Parliament believed the new proposals were an attempt to micro-manage activities at farm level and would take away the freedom to farm.
The MEP said the Parliament was concerned that the three main measures proposed -- crop diversification, maintenance of permanent pasture and ecological focus areas on every farm -- seemed a limited approach.
"The proposals are seen as too prescriptive and too specific," she told the 200 delegates at the environmental conference in Athlone, Co Westmeath.
"I believe the list will have to expand but it will be difficult to achieve this as the European Commission see it as a very neat solution," Ms McGuinness said.
"There is huge disappointment in the greening proposals.
"The reaction across the majority of groups in Parliament, with the exception of a few, is negative."