EU Agri Priorities Unveiled By Danish Presidency

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed the key agricultural priorities of the EU Danish Presidency for the next six months, as positive steps which mirror Scotland's objectives in the European Union, and as evidence of the power that smaller Member States can wield in the EU.

Alyn said:

"With a population of the same size as Scotland, and with a not too dissimilar geography too, Scotland has much to learn from Denmark and their experience at the European top table.

"The political priorities for agriculture which have been outlined are good news for us - the Danes are seeking to prioritise animal welfare issues, put antimicrobial resistance on the agenda, and close the package on quality policy. In terms of the ongoing negotiations on the CAP, it looks like we will see quite a green focus - from which Scotland has nothing to lose - and also a clear intention to keep the administrative burden of CAP as simple and as light as possible.

"A new legislative proposal for organic foods will be good news for many of Scotland's crofters in particular, and I hope Scots producers won't be shy in making their voices heard as this rolls forward. Finally, and importantly, there can be little doubt that a new proposal on novel foods is necessary though whether it will be more successful than the last attempt to regulate this sector, only time will tell.

"So all in all, the Danish proposals look promising and I look forward to working on them as they come before the Parliament."