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22-06-2016

Climate change: EU farming must be part of the solution but 2030 targets must be fair, Agriculture MEPs say

The EU's agriculture, a victim of climate change, must also be a part of a solution to mitigate its effects, members of the Agriculture committee told Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete on Tuesday. MEPs called for a fair and well-targeted 2030 emission reduction goals and highlighted the role EU forests play and could play in tackling climate change. Many also stressed EU should focus more on shortening supply chains and avoid imports of products from abroad with high environmental footprint.

The debate took place in the light of ongoing work on the implementation of the 2030 targets for sectors not included in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) such as agriculture, which are part of the so-called Effort Sharing Decision (ESD). The European Commission is carrying out an ex-post evaluation of the ESD performance since its entry into force in 2009 with a view to prepare a legislative proposal to continue the ESD after 2020 within the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.

Audio recording of the full debate is available here.

Audio recording of the debate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development