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NAGY: EUROPEAN AGRICULTURE MUST BE FOCUSED ON FARMERS

 

Competitiveness, crisis management, sustainability and a knowledge-based economy will be on the agenda of the six-month Hungarian presidency of the Council of the European Union starting in July in order to make European agriculture focused on farmers, the minister of agriculture said on Monday. István Nagy told the press after a council meeting of EU agriculture ministers that there was “a huge amount at stake” in the European Parliament elections on June 9 because Brussels must be forced to make a major change in its direction and to allow a focus on farmers to find its way and role also in the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). “We expect the election to make Europe return to a ground of normality,” he said. “The interests of farmers must be protected because we protect the interests of European citizens through them, by guaranteeing everyday food security,” he added.