Eastern Europe to demand an increased share of the CAP pie
The EU’s newest members are calling for a further levelling of payments in the latest planned reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Yesterday, EU Agriculture Ministers had one of their first exchanges of views on the future of the CAP.
In particular ministers shared ideas on how the priorities of the future CAP can be achieved, and on whether or not there should be a rebalancing of direct support and rural development.
Most delegations asked for adequate funding for the future CAP, which will have to face a variety of challenges including market volatility, climate change and pressure on resources.
Concerning direct payments some delegations particularly in Eastern Europe asked for progressive harmonisation in all EU member states, in order to achieve real level playing field in the EU.
Several also called on the Commission to maintain if not strengthen voluntary coupled support.
After the meeting, Agriculture Commissioner Phil hogan also highlighted that the backdrop to all of the discussions today was budget.
"If you have €9 billion less in the overall EU budget from the net contribution of the UK and of course there also a number of other policy ambitions for the EU.