We need to accelerate CAP implementation: Agriculture Minister

The progress of the work on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was the main topic of the meeting of the Informal Council of Agriculture Ministers of the EU, in which the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski participated - the ministry announced.

The head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development believes that work on implementing the new CAP should be accelerated.

According to the Ministry the host of the meeting was Croatia for the first time. Croatia has the current presidency of the EU.

"The Presidency's report on the progress of the reform of the CAP presented for discussion by ministers indicates the topics that were considered during the presidency and identifies areas that require further work. During the informal Council, conducted in the form of a video conference, no binding decisions were taken." announced the EU body's press statement.

The Ministry announced that Min Ardanowski started by expressing his gratitude to the Croatian presidency for their effort and dedication in their work during the first half of 2020.

"From Poland's perspective, it is necessary to close the discussion and make a decision in relation to the future Multiannual Financial Framework, because many detailed solutions depend on it, including, the issue of balancing direct payments" - said Minister Ardanowski quoted in the Ministry’s press release.

The ministry stated that in the opinion of Polish representatives, in the context of the Green Deal, the priority is to protect both the interests of farmers and producers of the agri-food sector and inhabitants of rural areas.

The press release announced that further discussion needs to define precise ways of implementing the eco-schemes and a range of sectors in which production-related payments can be used.

"We must accelerate our work on the implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy. This is what European farmers expect and this is required in Europe emerging from the coronavirus" - said Minister Ardanowski.