Hogan puts pressure on Member States to make up CAP funding shortfall
European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan has piled pressure on EU Member States to come up with funding to maintain subsidy payments to farmers.
Speaking at an event in Brussels late last week Hogan warned “let us be under no illusions…we face a real battle to maintain CAP funding at its current level”.
He made the comments on the back of a Commission reflection paper on the future of EU finances, in the context of Brexit and other new challenges.
It highlights the pressure the CAP budget might come under from some quarters. Without the net contribution of approximately €12 billion from the UK it won't be possible to maintain existing spending levels in all policy areas, including agriculture.
However, Hogan said that issue can be resolved if Member States decide to collectively cover the shortfall, or develop new financial resources.
“This decision is now in the hands of the Member States and the European Council.
“It is likely that they will make a final decision at the European Council in December as to which direction they wish to go.
“The European Parliament have to sign off on any new budgetary arrangement.