Row looming over 8.8 percent cut in CAP budget

Sallie Anderson

Members from the European Parliament’s committee on farming invited on Tuesday (2 June) the upgraded proposition of the European Commission for the EU’s long-lasting budget – however prompted enough moneying to assist farmers recuperate from the coronavirus crisis and increase the sector’s durability.

The EU Commission’s proposition revealed recently a EUR3483 bn Typical Farming Policy (CAP) budget – with additional EUR15 bn financing for rural advancement to support agro-ecology and reinforce nature defense.

This last proposition represents an almost 9-percent cut compared to the exiting CAP financing for 2014-2020, however a somewhat increased quantity in contrast to the proposition of the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, being gone over last February.

Nevertheless, these figures exist in the commission’s proposition in ‘consistent 2018 costs’ represented by their worth in the year 2018 – what has actually set off an intricate conversation in the EU bubble.

Since CAP still takes in over one-third of the EU budget,

The row matters.

Previously this year, the parliament cautioned that the funding of the CAP ought to stay the same in the EU-27 context as cutting the money on farming policy leaves residents “undefended”.

“We can’t go backwards,” socialist MEP Paolo De Castro stated on Tuesday (2 June), describing the prospective cuts for the CAP expense beyond 2020.

“The Covid-19 spread has had a dramatic impact on farmers and food producers. They need our support,” he tweeted.

Following the just recently revealed Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Techniques, European farmers and agri-cooperatives stated that possible cuts in the CAP budget are ‘undesirable’ as more requirements are troubled farmers.

“The reduction of some 8.8 percent in direct support in real terms in a period where so much pressure and expectation is put on farmers is simply unacceptable,” stated the president of the farming organization Copa, Joachim Rukwied.

Nevertheless, according to EU budget commissioner Johannes Hahn, the upgraded budget for farming policy will make farms “green, digital and more resilient”.

” We need to utilize the firepower of the next MFF [EU’s long-term budget] and the next generation recovery instrument to ensure that green ends up being a feasible business design for all our farmers,” stated Hahn, arguing that as”it is very difficult to become green when the figures on the bottom line are red”


Commissioner Hahn likewise contacted MEPs to likewise conclude their deal with the post-2020 reform of the CAP.

Which cost?

On the other hand, agriculturally delicate countries like France and Spain have actually invited the commission proposition as an action in the best instructions.

The overall financing for the CAP would make up EUR3914 bn in ‘existing’ or ‘small’ costs (according to 2020 costs) – which implies that that the sector will get 2 percent more funds each year than it got in 2020, according to the commissioner of farming, Janusz Wojciechowski.

For Wojciechowski, this increment will make it possible for the green and digital shift of the farming sector – making sure financing for natural farming, less extensive animals and more sustainable farming practices.

“More money it is more possibilities to support farmers and more opportunities to take action,” he stated.

For France, the proposition is a “success” for the actions performed by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to preserve the CAP as a concern European policy.

“Europe, united, has adopted a recovery plan on the scale of the crisis that we face,” the French ministry for farming and food stated in a declaration.

The commission’s proposition supplies a “good basis” for the upcoming settlements, according to the Spanish minister for farming, Luis Planas, who is favorable about reaching a contract in the council and parliament soon.

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