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Cap, Catania on greening: we need simple and flexible system

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29.11.12
This declared the Minister of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies, Mario Catania, during the European Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries, held in Brussels.

"On 'greening' we need to think of a simple and flexible system for Member States. Furthermore, I believe that it is necessary to discuss the 7% rate on the 'ecological focus area': it is a too high threshold; I think we should reach an agreement on a more reasonable level. "

This declared the Minister of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies, Mario Catania, during the European Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries, held in Brussels.

"With regard to diversification - Catania added - I think it would be interesting to consider the possibility of an application of the measure depending on the size of the company. I agree on the mandatory 3 crops for large companies, those with more than 50 hectares for example, but the medium-sized ones should have two. For small businesses, however, it is right to establish the exclusion of mandatory diversification, as it is right not to impose the constraint to permanent pastures and trees, which already have a high ecological value and should not be included in the 'greening '. Finally - the Minister concluded - I would like to emphasize that the text of the 'Negotiating box', proposed by President Van Rompuy during the last European Council, contains a very special formulation: it argues that all farmers, therefore including small ones, are obliged to respect the 'greening '. That 'all' should be reviewed upon. I, therefore, invite Commissioner Ciolos to make it clear to President Barroso that the wording should be corrected by deleting the word 'all'."

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