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Editorial

A large majority of Europeans support the CAP and their farmers



Eurobarometer,
a study commissioned by the EU Directorate for Agriculture


For over 50 years, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been the cornerstone of EU policy relating to agriculture and rural areas, and has allowed the European Union to revive food security while striving to develop competitive farming at the global level. Nowadays, a number of recurring reforms have tried to remedy the problems (overproduction in particular) arising from the gradual elimination of its regulation tools, so much so that farmers, as they become less protected, are bearing the brunt of price hyper-volatility on international markets and their well-known consequences.

While a certain number of European institutions wish to make progress in the deregulation process in connection with the 2013 reform, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development was keen to measure public opinion on agriculture and the CAP, in order to assess how European citizens view such matters and to gauge their reactions to agricultural policy developments.

The latest Eurobarometer poll, which tracks the European citizens’ outlook on agriculture since 2005, presents unequivocal results. According to the survey, an overwhelming majority of Europeans (over 80 percent) are indeed supporting the CAP and their farmers, and close to 70 percent of them feel that the current budget earmarked for agriculture and rural development is either adequate or insufficient.

We are encouraging you to read the key findings of the Special Eurobarometer Report No.3361, which was published in March 2010 and assimilates the results of fieldwork conducted by the TNS Opinion and Social Network between November 13 and December 9, 20092: In fact, contrary to what the media sometimes imply Europeans are grateful for the work of farmers in ensuring the EU’s food security and are supporting policies as well as budgets to assist farmers. Enough material for political decision-makers as they consider the various options to adopt for future reforms…

Momagri’s Editorial Board




KEY FINDINGS of the Special Eurobarometer Report No.336



  • An overwhelming majority (90%) of Europeans regard agriculture and rural areas as important for the future.

  • While European citizens continue to place importance on the subject of agriculture, most have limited knowledge about the CAP: about four in ten interviewees (41%) have heard or read about the European Union agricultural and rural development policy. Awareness of the CAP, and precise understanding of it, is also relatively low and has not increased since 2006: more than half of those surveyed had not heard of the CAP (57%).

  • There is an overall preference for the European level to manage a agricultural issues, particularly environmental protection (65%), securing food supply (53%) and ensuring that agricultural products are of good quality, healthy and safe (51%). Although there is considerable variation in response according to the particular issue, and across Member States, the local or regional levels are not preferred for any of the issues measured.

  • According to the European public, the main priority for the CAP should be ensuring agricultural products that are of good quality, healthy and safe (59%). Ensuring reasonable food prices (49%), protecting the environment and ensuring a fair standard of living for farmers (both 41%) are also given a high position on the public agenda.

  • The performance of the CAP receives both positive and negative evaluations from the European public. The CAP is perceived as performing fairly well when it comes to securing food supply in the EU, ensuring that agricultural products are of good quality, healthy and safe and favouring methods of organic farming. On the other hand, the policy is viewed as performing fairly badly when it comes to the protection of family type farms, ensuring a fair standard of living for farmers. In addition, negative ratings outweigh positive ones when respondents are asked about the CAP’s performance on reasonable food prices for consumers, protection of the environment and dealing with climate change and the development of rural areas while preserving the countryside. Apart from protecting the environment and family type farms, all objectives are rated more positively compared with EB68.2 (autumn 2007)3.

    (…)

  • Supplying the population with healthy and safe food continues to be the main responsibility of farmers in society, according to respondents in this survey (56%). Following this in perceived importance are the responsibilities of protecting the environment (25%) and supplying the population with a diversity of quality products (24%). .

    (…)

  • A large majority of EU citizens (83%) is in favour of the EU continuing to support farmers’ income. Moreover, 68% believe that the current budget for agriculture and rural development is either adequate or insufficient, which is a significant increase compared with EB68.24. Four in every ten respondents (39%) would like the financial support to farmers to increase over the next ten years, which also is an increase (+10%) compared with EB68.25. (…)


    1 http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_336_fr.pdf
    2 All interviews were conducted face-to-face in people’s homes and in the appropriate national language. The methodology is consistent with that used in Standard Eurobarometer polls managed by the European Commission’s Communication Directorate-General (‘Research and Political Analysis’ unit). A technical note on the manner in which interviews were conducted is appended as an annex to this report. This note indicates the interview methods and the confidence intervals. All country results provided in this study are weighted from a socio-demographic point of view. Scores for the EU average, in turn, are weighted according to country size in order to ensure an accurate representation of public opinion in the EU.
    3 Eurobarometers poll on the same topic, October 2007.
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    Paris, 10 December 2018