We have already spoken on previous occasions about the common agricultural policy (CAP), and what it entails:
- support farmers and improve agricultural productivity, ensuring a stable supply of affordable food;
- guarantee farmers in the European Union a reasonable standard of living;
- contribute to the fight against climate change and the sustainable management of natural resources;
- preserve landscapes and rural areas across the EU;
- keep the rural economy alive, boosting employment in agriculture, agri-food industries and associated sectors.
The CAP is a common policy for all EU countries. It is managed and financed at European level through the resources of the EU budget.
The last reform of the CAP, for the period between 2023 and 2027 (it will enter into force in January 2023) trying to be fairer and more ecological.
However, due to the changes and the political and economic circumstances that are taking place in Europe, such as the war between Russia and Ukraine, some organizations have asked to paralyze or modify this reform. It is evident that these countries are one of the main suppliers of cereals and oilseeds for Europe, something basic for the nutrition of society and that the lack of them is affecting a lot, for this reason a part of the sector demands to sit down to study again what the reform of the CAP implies and that it adjusts to the new situation .
On the other hand, the enormous rise in production costs (especially energy and diesel) means that many farmers are launching into street protests concerned about the survival of their crops. Also the subject of the drought in Europe and the fires is affecting enormously to this sector.
What is requested is to reconsider the reform of the CAP towards the new needs since "if Europe changes, the CAP must change", insist some organizations such as Asaja, COAG, and Food Cooperatives. There is talk of an urgent need to paralyze the reform and rethink one that responds to the new agri-food needs of Europe.