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NAT Commission meeting: Regions and cities want new criteria and rules to support farmers hit by natural disasters and crises

Oct 16, 2023 | EU Institutions

The 19th meeting of the commission for Natural Resources (NAT) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) took place on 5 October 2023. Members discussed about strengthening the sustainability of European agriculture, improving the resilience of the EU’s fisheries and aquaculture sector and defining the role of cities as health promoters.

During the meeting, NAT members adopted a draft opinion on risk management and market regulation: the tools to strengthen the sustainability of European Agriculture. A new approach to disaster risk reduction and crisis financial support is needed to ensure the economic survival of farms, and of rural and remote areas, and secure the economic resilience of farmers. 

The rapporteur Nicolas Caputo (IT/Renew), regional Minister of the Campania region, said: one of the key objectives of the 2023-2027 CAP programming period is to preserve animal and plant biodiversity in Europe, along with putting an emphasis on the concept of multifunctionality and respect for the natural resources deriving from farming. The presence of farmers in rural areas is crucial to achieving these objectives. As things stand, the economic resilience of European farmers is much lower than that of their competitors in North America. The EU must create a protective umbrella for farms (especially small and medium-sized farms) with new instruments and financial autonomy.

A recording of the meeting is available here. NAT Commission meetings documents are available here.