Brussels struggles to marry green goals with farm reform

POLITICO | Europe wants to be the world’s leader in fighting climate change and protecting nature, but it’s struggling to reconcile that vision with its mammoth farm subsidies scheme.


Under the European Green Deal, Brussels has committed to making the EU climate neutral by 2050 and boosting biodiversity with binding cuts to pesticide and fertilizer use by 2030. The bloc is also in the midst of reforming its €336 billion Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which the Commission views as crucial to meeting those targets.


But even before Brussels has been able to enact Green Deal legislation, it’s facing pushback from some capitals and farm lobbies to soften its targets or overhaul its plans altogether.


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