Eight EU states' ministers sign declaration on Common Agricultural Policy

A declaration on the prospective EU 2021-2027 budget was signed in Warsaw by eight EU states’ agriculture ministers on Tuesday, who oppose planned cuts in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget.

The agriculture ministers of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania highlighted the need to equalise direct subsidies for farmers of all EU member states.

“Following the expansion of the EU agriculture’s market orientation, producers’ incomes are becoming more and more unstable. Keeping that in mind, it is important to maintain the economic balance via implementation of the direct subsidies system,” the ministers pointed out, adding that levelling lower stakes may create a level playing field for farmers in changing conditions.

It was also stressed in the declaration that the CAP allows for the modernisation of agricultural production as well as the modernisation of rural areas. The ministers agreed that attention must be paid to the influence of agricultural production and EU-level pursuits of climate neutrality.

Given the fact that new production standards that take into account the provisions of the so-called Green Deal will require greater financing, an appeal was made for this fact to be reflected in the agriculture budget.

“New demands made towards farmers, related to, among other issues, the climate policy, require new, extra funds,” said the Polish Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski.

Mr Ardanowski pointed out signing the declaration would result in more frequent meetings of the signatories, during which they will discuss the joint position on the EU forum.

In the conclusion of the document, the signatories highlighted the need for drawing up a new format of CAP, based on flexibility, simplification and quicker financial interventions in the case of, for example, natural disasters.