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27/03/2007

Agriculture Commissioner ignores health again in CAP reform ideas

Mariann Fischer Boel, the European Commissioner for Agriculture, has set out her preliminary vision of reforms to EU Common Agricultural policies http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/07/197&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

A Commission exercise “One Vision, two steps” is underway, which consists of a “health check” of the CAP beginning in 2007, and a review of future scenarios for the next funding period after 2013. Health experts will be disappointed by the Commissioner's assertion that no major changes are envisaged before that date and again failed to take account of health needs despite Council conclusions in 2006 on health in all EU policies.