NGOs criticise Commission over CAP impact on biodiversity

Euractiv | Apr 2, 2020 at 8:50 AM
  • Environmental NGOs have accused the European Commission of “greenwashing” and cherry-picking positive messages from an EU-funded independent evaluation study about the impact of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on habitats, landscapes and biodiversity.
  • For the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the largest European network of environmental organisations, the independent findings state very clearly that the EU farmland biodiversity is in an alarming state and that the current CAP has not delivered any significant improvements.
  • As the criteria to receive CAP payments are currently considered inadequate, the scientists state the view that, if it continues business as usual, the new CAP could risk undermining the EU’s environmental flagship policy, the European Green Deal.