Survey underlines broad support for Common Agricultural Policy role

There is broad support among Europeans for the contribution of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to the European Commission’s top priorities, according to a new Eurobarometer survey.

Over 80% of respondents consider the role of the CAP “important” or “very important” for stimulating jobs and growth and for supporting the role of the farmer in the food chain.

Respondents also agreed that the CAP contributes to improving trade relations between the EU and the rest of the world (66%) and to the smooth running of the EU single market (65%).

EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan said he welcomed the growing importance that citizens are putting on agriculture and rural areas.

He said he appreciates that 70% of Europeans believe that the EU is fulfilling its role in securing the European food supply.

Copa and Cogeca, the European umbrella body for farmers and co-ops, described the findings as “great news”.

Secretary-general Pekka Pesonen said he is also pleased to see the majority of Europeans agree that the CAP benefits all citizens, not only farmers.

In addition, the survey shows that consumers appreciate the benefits of forests in absorbing carbon dioxide, he said.


Their passion for the adventures of JK Rowling’s famous wizard cast a love spell on Cork couple Triona Horgan and Eoin Cronin.Wedding of the Week: Passion for Harry Potter cast spell on Cork couple

Gareth Hanrahan is garnering quite a reputation as a fantasy author. He tells Ed Power how some of his novels’ settings are inspired by old Cork.Cork author Gareth Hanrahan reveals his dark materials

The raucous new version of the Dickens classic is winning much praise, writes Laura Harding.'He was always my David Copperfield': No colour bar for modern take on Dickens' classic

Alexa Chung and Tan France join forces for new, high-stakes, competition series Next In Fashion.Next in Fashion: Alexa and Tan team up for fab fashion series

More From The Irish Examiner