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The Select Committee concluded that greening, in terms of greater environmental benefits is a laudable aim for the Commission. But the weight of evidence they received suggested that the Commission's proposed measures are poorly designed.
The Select Committee concluded that there is little evidence that the proposals will deliver significant environmental benefit. They also risk reducing the competitiveness and productivity of EU farmers.
The committee fouind that UK farmers have delivered significant environmental improvement through agri-environment schemes and said "the Government must ensure that those benefits are not diluted by the imposition of mandatory ‘greening’ measures that would create perverse
and contradictory outcomes."
Select committee report: www.publications.parliament.uk