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US News Decision on agricultural reform: Greta Thunberg accuses EU Parliament of "ecological destruction"

14:43  25 october  2020
14:43  25 october  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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The controversial compromise on EU agricultural reform has been decided - now the climate activist is attacking the EU Parliament sharply. The decision contradicts the Paris climate agreement.

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The environmental activist Greta Thunberg has sharply criticized the approval of the European Parliament for the planned EU agricultural reform . The new subsidy law will "promote ecological destruction", Thunberg wrote on the online network Facebook.

environmentalists criticize the fact that only 20 percent of the planned expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) flows into climate-friendly policies.

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With its decision, eleven months after the climate emergency was declared, the EU Parliament backed an agricultural policy "which - in summary - drives ecological destruction with almost 400 billion euros," wrote Thunberg.

This day shows again how big the gap is between current politics and the point "at which we have to be to be in accordance with the Paris Agreement," said Thunberg.

budget comprises 387 billion euros

On Friday, the majority of parliamentarians approved a proposal for the upcoming negotiations with the EU member states on agricultural policy after 2022. The European Parliament has thus determined its position on the reform of the EU's multi-billion dollar agricultural policy.

The aim of the CAP reform is to make European agriculture more sustainable. But there is also a lot of money involved, since the CAP accounts for more than a third of the EU budget. The draft budget from 2021 to 2027 is now at the center of the current debate. The budget proposal foresees 387 billion out of 1,074 billion euros for the CAP. Germany is entitled to around 42 billion euros.

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Swedish environment activist’s campaign began with solo climate protest and drew 4 million to latest strikes.

A massive campaign by environmentalists has been running against the reform for days. Activists like Luisa Neubauer from Fridays for Future had also urged MEPs to reject the reform.

"Nature and the climate are big losers"

Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) welcomed the parliamentary decision. "We are pursuing the same goal," she said. "We want to bring food security together with more environmental, species and climate protection." The German Farmers' Association supported the fundamental thrust, but criticized "technically unsound" specifications for non-productive areas and crop rotation.

"Nature and climate are big losers in the vote on EU agricultural policy," warned the nature conservation association Nabu. "The decision from Brussels means that a large part of the tax money continues to damage nature and the climate."

The WWF Germany criticized a "business as usual for Europe's agriculture". This threatens the EU Commission's Green Deal climate protection strategy to "declare bankruptcy". Greenpeace spoke of a "death sentence for small farms and nature". The organization asked the EU Commission to withdraw its proposal and start the process all over again.

"The last word not yet spoken"

The German SPD in the European Parliament decided at short notice to vote against the reform plans. "Almost all of our red lines were torn," said Deputy Speaker of Parliament Katarina Barley before the vote. A considerable part of the social democrats from other countries voted for the reform.

"The last word has not yet been said on the agricultural reform," said Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD). She referred to the resolutions of the EU environment ministers on the same day, some of which included more far-reaching goals in the field of landscape protection.

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