Draft report on future of CAP is encouraging.

The NFU has commented that the European Parliament's draft report on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is an encouraging step towards profressive reform.

The report, written by German MEP Albert Dress, is the first formal response to the European Commission's communication on how to reform the CAP after 2013.

The Commission has proposed that controversial greening measures should be a mandatory component of direct payments, but Mr Dress favours delivering environmental improvements through the second pillar of the CAP  This could reinforce, rather than damage, participation in the agri-environmental schemes under which almost 70% of English agricultural land is managed.

Martin Haworth, NFU Director of Policy, said the reoprt, which also reinforces the Commission's desire to promote a strong common European agricultural policy, appeared to present a pragmatic alternative approach to reform that could help tackle the big issues facing farmers.

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