Mon, 09 Nov 2015
UK - The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Energy and the Environment have launched a new inquiry into how the agriculture industry can respond to price volatility and help make farming more resilient.
Commenting the Committee Chairman, Baroness Scott of Needham Market, said: "Europe needs a resilient agricultural sector to ensure the secure, sustainable and affordable supply of food to EU citizens. We also need to ensure farmers have the financial security they need to carry on in what can be a difficult and unpredictable industry.
"At a time when weather related events, geopolitical developments and market fluctuations that impact on agriculture are likely to be ever more common we need to ensure farmers and others have the appropriate support to manage risk.
"The ongoing reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy provides an opportunity for these issues to be addressed. I hope our inquiry will have an impact on that reform. I would invite anyone with an interest in this area to give us their evidence by the end of the year. The evidence we receive will form the basis of our recommendations to Government and the European Commission."
The Committee have published a Call for Evidence inviting written submissions, to be received by Thursday 31 December.
Areas the Committee are inviting evidence on include: