Niveau juridique : Union européenne
Texte de la question :
« Everyone is agreed on the need to achieve a more sustainable food production system established in accordance with the rules applying to agricultural holdings. Before taking any legislative action, the Commission carries out a comprehensive impact assessment to ensure that the objectives of the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy concerning pesticides, fertilisers and organic farming are realistic and feasible. This process has attracted many comments, including questions about why the order has been reversed, with the objectives being announced before they have been checked in the context of an impact assessment.
Can the Commission explain this impact assessment mechanism in relation to the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy? »
Réponse donnée par Mme. Kyriakides au nom de la Commission européenne le 29 septembre 2020 :
« The Farm to Fork Strategy sets out the path towards sustainable food systems. The roadmap of the strategy was available for public feedback from 17 February to 20 March 2020. The communication is accompanied by an action plan containing 27 initial measures ˗ both legislative and non-legislative ˗ aimed at accelerating the transition to sustainable food systems. Better regulation principles will be followed in the development of these initiatives and where relevant, impact assessments will be carried out.The quantitative targets contained in the strategy are aspirational targets, based on ambitious, but realistic pathways. The Commission has used available evidence and data to set them, which also includes the 2018 impact assessment for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. Any proposals to make these targets legally binding will be accompanied by impact assessments, and will have ultimately to be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council. This will notably be the case for pesticides, where the Commission has committed to evaluate and on this basis review the sustainable use of pesticides Directive. The combined evaluation roadmap/inception impact assessment for this initiative was available for public feedback from 29 May to 7 August 2020. »
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