Tuesday, September 27

Brussels gives the go-ahead to the national plan of the CAP of Spain


Workers in a collection campaign in Extremadura. / TODAY

Spain is part of the first group of countries whose negotiation of the CAP strategic plan has concluded with the European Commission, along with Portugal, Poland, Denmark and France

The European Commission has given its approval on Monday to the national strategic plan on how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be applied, which will come into force next year and whose formal adoption still has to comply with a series of procedures.

“The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Janusz Wojciechowski, has just confirmed that we are part of the first group of countries whose negotiation of the CAP strategic plan has concluded with the European Commission,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Louis Planes.

In addition to the Spanish, the Community Executive has given its approval to the plans of Portugal, Poland, Denmark and France during the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the EU.

After the completion of the negotiations between Spain and the Community Executive on the strategic plan and political approval, Brussels will now have to proceed with the approval process, which lasts around 6 weeks, so the adoption should take place at the beginning of September.

Brussels has accepted the plan presented by Spain after it has corrected and revised certain points and having presented the final referral.

Among the latest modifications introduced for the approval of the plan, the European Commission has not considered the inclusion of sunflower and rapeseed in the protein plan, the Spanish proposal is to allocate the 45 million euros planned for these crops and increase the basic income aid of the regions where they are produced.

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The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, welcomed the fact that Spain is in the first group of five countries that, in the coming weeks, will receive, from the European Commission, the definitive approval of the Strategic Plan of the Common Agrarian.

“This will make it easier for our farmers and ranchers to plan their crops and production for the next campaign,” according to the minister. In addition, the Government will be able to continue with the processing of the legislative package that will accompany the implementation of the Plan and that will mean the most ambitious revision of the agri-food regulatory framework in Spain in decades.

Luis Planas has attended this Monday, in Brussels, the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries of the European Union, in which, among other matters, the Member States have analyzed the status of the national strategic plans of the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC) for the period 2023-2027.

The minister has valued the opportunity of this debate, since farmers and ranchers need “a clear signal that we are moving towards a scenario of certainty in the CAP”. In addition, he wanted to thank the Commission for the extraordinary collaboration it has provided to Spain, which made it possible to present, last December, a “very balanced” Strategic Plan, according to him, and which “has been perfected in recent months and for which we have already received authorization from the European Commission to send the final version, on July 14, after a long, fruitful and very positive discussion, and which will result in its formal approval within 6 weeks. ».


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