The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke at length about the opportunities and challenges of the New Common Agricultural Policy, speaking tonight at an event at the “Apostolopouleio” spiritual center in Tripoli.
“When we met at the European Council last July, we managed to prevent the risk of external convergence and to secure for our country essentially the same resources as in the previous programming period, ie 19.3 billion euros, in order to be able to finance this a very ambitious plan “. The Prime Minister pointed out at the beginning of his speech.
“At the same time,” he continued, “to these resources were added the resources of the recovery fund, a significant part of which will be directed to the primary sector, especially in matters of infrastructure and obviously additional resources from the new NSRF, the draft of which has already been submitted to the European Commission”.
“Therefore,” the Prime Minister pointed out, “we have important financial tools at our disposal, but this does not mean that our mission is easy, because the new CAP requires a significant adjustment to the way we perceive rural agriculture as a whole.” production, with a number of axes which I personally consider all right, but which mean that some things we should start to do differently from what we have done so far “and explained:” It is wrong to see the Common Agricultural Policy exclusively and only as a piggy bank to boost farmers’ incomes. I believe that if we are honest and self-critical all these years since the country joined the European Union, as this year marks 40 years since the emblematic decision of Konstantinos Karamanlis to join the country in the then European Economic Community, we will find that on the one hand we managed and certainly strengthened the income of our farmers, but on the other hand we left untapped important opportunities in order to modernize our agricultural production and face the challenges of the present and the future “.
As Kyriakos Mitsotakis characteristically pointed out at this point, “I am absolutely determined not to repeat the same mistakes of the past this time with the new CAP”, adding: “And in this great effort we need the rural world as an ally and I have no doubt that this will happen because overall we now have a structured plan which presses on the priorities of the new CAP, but it specializes in such a way that the primary sector can really become a huge comparative advantage for the country “.
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