Brussels briefing: Dutch up the ante on CAP negotiations
The future of food is on the menu for Tuesday's meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Amsterdam.
The meeting is an informal one, giving ministers an opportunity to escape day-to-day EU business and focus on the bigger picture.
For the Dutch, who hold the EU's rotating presidency until the end of June, the big question is what the Common Agricultural Policy should look like after 2020.
"Should the CAP be broadened to a Common Agriculture and Food Policy," the Dutch presidency asks in an 11-page paper to be tabled at the meeting, noting that farmers are becoming less powerful players in the food chain.
"Challenges such as climate policy and food waste demand efforts from all the parties in the [food] chain," the paper states.
"The legitimacy of a policy aimed at the primary producer thus becomes ever less self-explanatory."
The paper also questions whether CAP funds should be more closely linked to the use of new technologies and climate change and if the CAP should target minimum prices for farmers. It also questions if and how EU money can help tackle societal challenges and support poorer countries outside the bloc.
France has come up with its own ideas on the matter, which it intends to table in a separate paper at the meeting.