The first package of strategic plans of the Common Agricultural Policy was approved

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The European Commission has approved the first set of strategic plans of the Common Agricultural Policy for Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Each country’s plan is designed to support the ten key objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy, but adapting it to the specific needs of each country.

The aforementioned ten goals include ensuring a fair income for farmers, increasing competitiveness, strengthening the position of farmers in the food supply chain, combating climate change, caring for the environment, preserving the landscape and biodiversity, encouraging generational renewal, protecting the quality of food and health, dynamic rural areas and finally the stimulation of knowledge and innovation.

This represents an important step for the implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the implementation of which should begin on January 1, 2023.

Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Vojciechovski said that they are now one step closer to implementing a new CAP that will help support stable agricultural resources and long-term food security. He adds that this step comes at a crucial moment, when the importance of providing strong support to the EU’s agricultural sector has become clear, according to the European Commission’s website.

“Farmers are facing a challenging environment, which is marked by a sharp increase in production costs due to the events in Ukraine, as well as the summer drought. Agriculture is a long-term business and European farmers should have a clear legal and financial framework for the future,” said the commissioner.

What is the Common Agricultural Policy?

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The Common Agricultural Policy was established in 1962 by the six founding countries of the European Community. The goal of establishing the policy was to provide EU citizens with food that is safe, high-quality and available at affordable prices, then to provide farmers with an adequate standard of living and protection of their rights, and finally, the goal is to preserve natural resources and the environment.

As the CAP has changed over the years along with new economic circumstances and citizens’ demands, the European Commission presented legislative proposals on the new Common Agricultural Policy in 2018. The new policy will be simpler and more efficient, and in addition to being key to ensuring sustainable agriculture and forestry, it will also include achieving the goals of the European Green Deal.

The new CAP was officially adopted on December 2, 2021 by the Agreement on the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. Its implementation should begin on January 1, 2023 and last until 2027.

Katarina Vuinac

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