The report represents the lawmakers' first response to a European Commission paper on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2020, published in November 2010.
The committee further noted that CAP money should be distributed more fairly between member states and farmers. They demanded that in future "each EU country should receive a minimum percentage of EU average payments," with direct payments reserved for "active farmers", the definition of which is yet to be agreed upon.
The 'old' member states of the EU-15 currently receive more financial support per farmer than the newer member states, and some of the payments go to wealthy landowners who do not necessarily use their land for production.
MEPs also backed Commission proposals to introduce a ceiling on direct payments per farmer and suggested that the size, the employment record and the degree of environmental protection of each farm should be taken into account when deciding on payments.
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