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ALDE: Martikainen elected new CoR’s Chair of Natural Resources Commission

Ossi Martikainen, a member of the ALDE Group in the European Committee of the Regions (ALDE-CoR), has been recently elected as the new Chair of Natural Resources Commission in the Committee of the Regions, which includes the Common Agricultural Policy, fisheries policy, food policy and consumer affairs, health policy and tourism.

Ossi Martikainen comes from Lapinlahti, Finland, and has been a member of the European Committee of the Regions since 2004. He has recently authored the report on reducing food waste and EU food aid for the most deprived. He is also the CoR’s representative in the European Commission’s platform on reducing and preventing food waste in Europe. Earlier he also authored a report on “Batteries and accumulators and spent batteries and accumulators“.

“During my time as rapporteur, I discussed food policy on several occasions with European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. Our opinion has helped push this important item up the EU agenda. The European Commission has recognised that the activities of local authorities can significantly reduce food waste,” commented Martikainen.

Martikainen’s term-of-office will last two and a half years, during which time the Natural Resources Commission will be closely involved in the discussions on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

It is important to ensure that agricultural production can continue to be carried out profitably across all regions of the EU, since there can be no vibrant rural environment without agriculture. The CAP is the only policy where decisions are taken entirely at EU level. The CoR has asked for the CAP budget to remain sufficiently high and has emphasised the need to support young farmers and family farms in particular,” Martikainen points out.

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