Anderson welcomes CAP reform but criticises lack of democracy

 

Commenting at the conclusion of the CAP Reform   negotiations Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said:

“It has been a long and difficult negotiation and   credit is due to those who brought this to a conclusion.

“The reformed CAP is a compromise between 28 member   states, therefore we did not achieve everything that I would have liked for   our agriculture sector. Although I supported the compromise I do not   believe there is sufficient flexibility in the legislation to   reflect our preferred outcome.

“I am of course pleased with a less   bureaucratic CAP, but feel that the dossier could have gone further in areas   such as food security and action on big buyer abuses. The effectiveness   and appropriateness of the greening measures are also debatable,   while the funding cut to CAP which I have  consistently opposed will be   acutely felt by the farming comunity in the North of Ireland. Rural   communities and food security are not areas I believe should be   subject to political power plays.

“However this is the deal we have, but I will   continue to flight to ensure security for rural communities through every   avenue available.

“The new CAP  places a burden of   responsibility on the member states, and I will pay close attention   to how the British Government – who was responsible for negotiating cuts   to CAP – will compensate for the effect that the drastically reduced   development package will have on rural communities.

“I am concerned that the CAP vote, and all other votes   taken this week in the European Parliament relating to the new   Multi-annual Financial Framework, were not subject to amendments from members   or political groups which I believe is a dilution of  democracy.  

“Whilst I understand the need to bring many of these   reports to a swift conclusion doing so at the expense of the democratic   process is completely unacceptable. I certainly hope this is not a sign of   things to come. Disregarding the will of the members – and by extension the   electorate – will only cause a further loss of confidence in the EU   institutions.”