Through the green smokescreen
BirdLife International launches a new report in Brussels today which reveals how rules attached to EU subsidy receipts are failing biodiversity.
Entitled: ‘Through the green smokescreen. How is CAP cross compliance delivering for biodiversity?’ it analyses the system of rules attached to the receipt of the bulk of EU CAP subsidies which amounts to €31 billion each year. The report underlines the need for fundamental reform of the CAP for the post-2013 period.
”It is disheartening to see that we are systematically failing to support sustainable farming, while often subsidizing environmental harm”, said Luigi Boccaccio from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK). ”An urgent overhaul of the CAP is needed to bring it in line with society’s needs and expectations”.
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