Pastroralism, a traditional activity practiced in rural areas across Europe, has many benefits. It supports farming as an economic activity and helps maintain population in rural areas by allowing people to continue to live in areas where intensive farming methods cannot be applied. The extensive farming activities of pastoralism deliver benefits related to climate and biodiversity and help combat forest fires and avalanches.

Rapporteur Blanc calls for more support for pastoralism in the reform of the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). He argues that pastoralism should be eligible for basic payments, and predator attacks should be better compensated. The next revision of the EU Habitat directive should be an opportunity to better adapt to the growing populations of large carnivores such as wolves, the rapporteur states.

Adoption timetable:

  • exchange of views in NAT on 28-29 March 2019
  • adoption in NAT on 17 June 2019
  • final adoption at the Plenary Session of 9-10 October 2019

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Progress of this opinion

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Appointment of the reporter


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First discussion


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Adoption in the commission


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Final adoption in the plenary