Brussels, 10 March 2014
Eurobarometer survey finds broad support among Europeans for new CAP content
Over three-quarters (77 %) of Europeans believe the common agricultural policy (CAP) benefits all EU citizens and over 90 % support the main trends of the new CAP, such as making aid fairer and more targeted (92 %) and linking the granting of aid to farmers to adhering to environmentally-friendly farming practices ('greening', 91 %). These are the main conclusions of the Eurobarometer survey on the CAP published today by the Commission.
European Commissioner for Agriculture and Development Dacian Cioloș asserts, 'These results bear out the importance Europeans attach to support for farming and the countryside. They also illustrate the significant extent to which the content of the reformed CAP is attuned to civil society expectations. This strong fundamental symbiosis between citizens and farmers will be strengthened by the new CAP, which will help European farming deliver an enhanced and increasingly tangible package of societal, environmental and economic benefits to European society as a whole and to individual European taxpayers in their everyday life.'
Other trends highlighted by the survey:
After the reform of the common agricultural policy, the Commission wished to repeat the survey of EU citizens' opinions on the CAP and the importance they attach to farming in the EU. The survey conducted in accordance with Eurobarometer methods between 23 November and 2 December 2013 in the 28 European Union Member States canvassed 27 919 citizens from different social and demographic groups.
Special Eurobarometer 336: QB3. Have you ever heard or read about the CAP, the European Union’s common agricultural and rural development policy?