CAP proposals weaken green measures, lawyers say

Proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy will make crucial environmental and climate protection instruments weaker than under the current system, according to a leaked legal opinion

Proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy will make crucial environmental and climate protection instruments weaker than under the current system, according to a leaked opinion from the European Parliament's legal service.

They would also give the Commission greater discretion than at present over such matters.

The new environmental instrument for farming, a system of ‘eco-schemes’, is “much less sophisticated than the [current] one on greening”, the text reads, while the European Commission would be “empower[ed] but not obliged” to legislate on this.

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