Corrado Pirzio-Biroli speaks on public goods


Corrado Pirzio-Biroli spoke at an event organised by the ACCA on February 8th on "Accounting for Public Goods: the Social and Natural Capital imperatives" in which Phil Hogan was also invited. Pirzio-Biroli said that since "the delivery of public goods benefits everybody, consumers, producers, and citizens at large, it cannot depend on land managers alone" and stressed the challenges of finding appropriate instruments to increase the provision of ecosystem services while giving a few examples of these instruments for investment in rural public goods.

Refering to the CAP, Pirzio-Biroli stated that "the CAP is not well adjusted to steer EU agriculture to a well-structured viable and environmentally sustainable industry." He said this is because "it is falling short for environmentalists and isn’t even working for farmers either." And concluded that the current policy is outdated and a reformed CAP should take into account "the international commitments entered into with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and COP 21 on climate change, and the conclusions of the Cork 2.0 Conference and of the agro-market task force regarding the food chain".

You download his full speech from the link below:

Pirzio-Biroli_ACCA_Public_Goods (pdf document)

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