Brussels, 21 June 2022
According to the latest Eurobarometer on agriculture and the CAP published today, nearly half of Europeans think that securing a stable supply of food in the EU at all times should be a main objective of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), an increase of 6 percentage points since 2020. This view developed in 22 EU countries, and increased by at least ten percentage points in six countries (Finland, Lithuania, Sweden, Greece, Spain and Italy). In addition, more than half of respondents (55%, +6 percentage points) add that the CAP should also contribute to ensuring reasonable food prices for consumers.
Since 2020, this view has gained ground in 20 EU countries and was the most common reply in Greece (76%), Cyprus (75%), Bulgaria (62%), Hungary (61%), Czechia (58%), Latvia (57%), and Poland (52%). When asked if the CAP contributes effectively to these two objectives – stable food supply and reasonable prices- 79% and 65% of Europeans think so respectively. Providing safe, healthy and sustainable food of high quality remains, the CAP’s core mission according to six in ten Europeans. This has remained stable over a period of several years.
In addition, the Eurobarometer highlights the public perception that climate change is now affecting agricultural activity more and more. While a large proportion of respondents (58%, +3 percentage points) say that agriculture has already made a major contribution in fighting climate change, and that the CAP helps with protecting the environment and tackle climate change (65%), two-thirds (67%) consider that EU farmers could still do more by changing the way they work, even if this means EU agriculture being less competitive globally.
These are the main findings of the latest Eurobarometer on Europeans, Agriculture and the CAP, the 7th one since 2007. The survey was conducted in the 27 EU Member States between 21 February and 21 March 2022. Topics covered also include international trade in agricultural products, quality labels, special dietary needs and the EU school scheme. More information here.
Source – EU Commission