PURPLE has successfully lobbied for three significant changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) “Health Check” report (Goepel), proposed by the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament. All three amendments were adopted in full by the European Parliament in the plenary session of March 11, 2008.
The first amendment considers the need for coherent, integrated development in both rural and peri-urban areas, reinforcing key agricultural sectors, rewarding effort and compensating for extra burdens. The second amendment takes the view that European agriculture can provide environmentally-friendly solutions to the most pressing problems facing our urbanised society in peri-urban regions as well. Finally, the third amendment draws attention to the role played by farmers and land managers in peri-urban areas in promoting solutions that meet both Lisbon (knowledge, research, innovation) and Goteborg (sustainability) objectives.
The EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) has also voted in its support for the peri-urban cause. Recommendation 54 of the CoR Report was adopted during the plenary session of February 7, 2008.
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