Dutch Water Authorities and Vewin to Timmermans: ‘Blueing the CAP’ is crucial

Back 4 juni 2018

Dutch Water Authorities and Vewin to Timmermans: ‘Blueing the CAP’ is crucial

​The Dutch Water Authorities and Association of Dutch Water Companies (Vewin) call for the adoption of measures to improve soil and water quality in the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and for better coordination between European agricultural and water policies. Both organisations put this statement forward in a joint letter to Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission. The reason for sending the letter is the draft legislation for the future CAP by the European Commission. The current CAP will expire in 2020. Vewin and the Dutch Water Authorities emphasize that CAP reform must be seized as an opportunity to agree on environmental objectives for the CAP that are more ambitious and can be better enforced.
Ensure the CAP has more ‘blue’ in it
The quality of groundwater and surface water in the Netherlands is under pressure, for an important part due to soil and water pollution caused by the emission of pesticides and fertilisers used in agriculture. This makes ‘blueing the CAP’ crucial, meaning that a clear link must be defined between the EU’s agricultural policy and its water policy. The future CAP needs to contain measures which will contribute towards achieving the objectives concerning water quality. This mainly concerns the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, aimed at the permanent protection of the quality of groundwater and surface water in Europe. The Dutch Water Authorities and Vewin think that the European agricultural policy should play a major role in the transition to sustainable agriculture and protecting groundwater and surface water against pollutants from agricultural sources.

PDF of the letter to Timmermans
Position Paper on Common Agricultural Policy

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