Hogan: 'simplified' CAP will create future jobs and export market growth



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Phil Hogan ar-chives, Agriculture and Rural De-velopment (AGRI) Committee hearings John off The new Agricultural and Rural Develop-ment Commissioner-designate is a 25 year veteran of Irish parliamentary agri-cultural politics. Phil Hogan's brief will largely be taken up with implementing recent initiatives to complement the Common Agricultural Policy, or CAP. At more than one third of total EU spend-ing CAP means Hogan's first challenge will be to accomplish this in a "proactive" manner as part of the new Juncker Com-mission's key priorities. That means making greater efforts to turn agricultural and rural development spending into jobs and new investment opportunities. Hogan assured agriculture committee members that he's up to the task. Images Sound Text English Deutsch/Francais/Espanol Committee hearings Hogan on 09:19:02 - 09.19:32 I have long believed in Europe and I have long served the interests of rural and farming communities. It would be a great honour for me with your approval and consent to do so as Commissioner for ag-riculture and rural development. Deliver-ing and implementing a policy that is simpler, more effective and environmen-tally sound allowing growth, jobs and op-portunities for every farmer, every rural community and for every European. Agriculture and Rural De-velopment (AGRI) Committee hearings Safeguarding and seeking ways to simpli-fy financial management of agricultural subsidies to prevent waste and fraud in the area of direct payments, for example, will also be high up Hogan's agenda. Phil Hogan on 09:13.15-09.13.40 Let me be very clear. The one thing sim-plification is not- is simple. One of my commitments as new Commissioner will be to comprehensively screen the Com- Images Sound Text English Deutsch/Francais/Espanol mon Agricultural Policy legislation to see what can be simplified. Without putting into question the effectiveness of the poli-cy nor its sound financial management. Agriculture and Rural De-velopment (AGRI) Committee hearings John off Farmers in many member states are al-ready stricken by the impact of Russian sanctions on EU agricultural produce and dairy products. Hogan was asked how farmers could seek relief through EU crisis funds and looking ahead, how to open up new markets to reduce dependence on insecure regions like the Middle East and Russia. Hogan on 10.38:26 10:38:40 (Cutaway) 10:41:07 10:41:19 The crisis reserve is a reserve that is drawn up by farmers for farmers and it will mean that when we actually wish to take money out of that crisis reserve we are actually taking money out of all farm-ers in terms of their direct pay-ments..(cutaway) Images Sound Text English Deutsch/Francais/Espanol There is a need for coordination,, better coordination in relation to promoting our access to markets. That doesn´t mean we´re going to always be successful. But at least we´re going to try to ensure that we don´t rely on particularly difficult re-gions at the moment.
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