Commission under fire over delay to farming impacts report

The European Commission has pushed back the publication of a report on the impact of the EU farm policy on biodiversity, habitats and landscapes following a freedom of information request from campaign group WWF.

Although the report has been finalised for months, WWF said, the commission will only publish its assessment on 3 April.

Jabier Ruiz, the group’s senior policy officer for agriculture, said that “publishing a report that is fully completed and delivered by the contractors does not take 15 days, but just one clear instruction and a few clicks.

“The commission has no interest in releasing the findings of the report during the crunch time for the preparation of the biodiversity and farm to fork strategies,” he added.

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