The European parliament party EFA will ask for extra priority and funds for organic farming in the reformed European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). An FNP motion on this issue was unanimously adopted at the General Assembly of the European regional parties in Bautzen, Germany. A similar motion by the FNP was recently adopted at provincial level in Friesland.
Sybren Posthumus, FNP spokesperson European Affairs
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In the motion, the FNP points out the greening obligations that the EU member states have agreed to. Ecology, biodiversity and the promotion of sustainable production are the objectives of this. According to the party, organic farmers especially contribute to these objectives. However, when it comes to allowances, organic farming is not shown any privileges.
By means of the motion via the EFA, the FNP now wishes to do everything possible to provide extra allowances to organic farmers within the framework of the European greening objectives. This should become the starting point of the laws and legislation of the EU member states, federal states and provinces. The member states are free to provide extra funds to organic farmers via the so-called ‘direct payments'. Through the EFA/Greens party in the European parliament, the FNP will now try to move this issue higher up the national and European agenda.