MEPs call for more spending on agriculture

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MEPs call for more spending on agriculture

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A group of MEPs want the EU to spend more on agriculture.

Since 2009, the bloc’s budget needs agreement from the European Parliament.

The body’s agricultural committee said it opposes any further cuts to farming.

EU leaders will discuss next month how to fund the Union over the next seven years.

“Food security is not as safe it was in the past, that’s why is important to support this policy like the Americans do, like the Japanese, like most of countries of the world do,” said Paolo de Castro, chairman of the parliament’s agricultural committee.

The proposals are non-binding and require approval from the whole parliament.

The EU plans to make 30 percent of direct payments to farmers contingent on environmental measures such as crop diversification.

CAP reform depends on the next EU budget negotiations. If the agricultural funds get cut further then the environmental part and more expensive part of the reform could be a risk,” said Euronews correspondent Margherita Sforza.

The next EU summit starts on February 7 with the budget at the top of the agenda.