CAP reform bets on the environment

We are lucky in the agricultural sector since the European Council adopted on October 20 its general approach on the reform package of the common agricultural policy (CAP) for post 2020.

Among the various themes selected, raising the level of climate and environmental ambitions through the introduction of instruments such as compulsory ecological regimes stand out.

The next CAP will enter into force on January 1, 2023, with the transition period being 2021 and 2022, during which farmers and pastoralists will continue to benefit from the aid according to the new budget, € 47,724 million, but with the rules of the previous CAP.

“The agreement we have reached today is an important milestone for European agricultural policy. Member States have shown their determination to set stricter environmental standards in agriculture and at the same time have come out in favor of the flexibility needed to ensure the competitiveness of farmers and ranchers. This agreement responds to the aspiration for a more ecological, fairer, and simpler CAP.” Klöchner, J. (10/20/2020). The future of the CAP after 2020 – European Council.

One of the major reforms is that 20% of direct aid is used for farmers who implement environmental programs. In other words, there are bonuses to stimulate ecological activity. Of the aid granted to farmers, 80% have guaranteed it, but the rest will have to be earned: these are the eco-schemes, whose competence to create them lies with the country itself, although common activities such as high precision agriculture, agroforestry and organic farming are carried out.

The objective is to offer a change in the ecological capacity of the CAP and since Defeder we welcome these new measures with open arms since from the start we promote and bet on ecological and sustainable agriculture. Defeder has always made sure that progress is made towards transforming the agricultural environment to meet the environmental and climate goals proposed by the European Union and hopes that the rest of the companies will follow suit.