Monday 18. January 2021

Central Committee of German Catholics

The Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) represents the interests of Catholics in the public sphere, takes part in shaping the political process and advises the German Bishops´ Conference on social, political and Church-related issues.



Position paper on the reform of European agricultural policy



In view of the European Commission´s plans to reform the European agricultural policy, the central Committee of the ZdK adopted on 22 June 2012 the Position Paper “Cornerstones for a sustainable European agriculture“. It contains several policy recommendations that are based on the results of a working group consisting of various social actors from the areas of agriculture, sustainability and development policy.







Reform direct payments to farmers


Targeted Institutions:
European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the EU

The EU must ensure that the system of direct payments is simplified from the perspective of farmers as well as the public administration and made more transparent from the standpoint of consumers. Moreover, direct payments need to be linked more to socio-economic and ecological criteria in order to make the distribution of funding more balanced and to better contribute to a more  sustainable agriculture.


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