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EU directors-general for agriculture on environment and climate measures in the framework of reforming the Common Agricultural Policy

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The CAP reform is the most essential file in the subject of agriculture throughout the Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council. The casual assembly of directors-general for agriculture enhances the ministerial dialogue on the preparation of the CAP Strategic Plans, which was held in October’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council. It is a crucial step ahead in the trade of views, experiences and good practices between Member States.

Member States are working intensely on the preparation of the CAP Strategic Plans, which must be despatched for approval to the European Commission by 1 January 2022. Discussion at the casual assembly was dedicated to inexperienced structure, in specific the new eco-scheme. In the 2023–2027 interval, Member States are anticipated to be extra formidable in the subject of environment and climate change and to exhibit the success of the measures. This is the purpose why such casual conferences are notably essential for the trade of views and expertise in the preparation of Strategic Plans. In his opening tackle, Director-General Ravnik harassed that inexperienced structure is a good problem for agriculture since “we face the expectations of stakeholders to pretty distribute the restricted monetary assets from the CAP and to deal with extra ambitiously all environmental and climate challenges; at the similar time, there are some issues about the implications for the competitiveness and earnings stage of farmers”. New eco-schemes are an essential half of inexperienced structure and Member States are required to allocate at the least 25% of funds for direct funds to eco-schemes. Directors-general expressed their satisfaction with the dialogue, which provided them the alternative to debate these essential subjects. They highlighted the key challenges in eco-schemes akin to the choice of schemes that may produce the supposed impact, be correctly supported and stimulative in monetary phrases and, in consequence, entice the curiosity of farmers, in addition to the acceptable synergy of all measures, reaching a compromise between all stakeholders and a restricted time-frame. The consultant of the European Commission promised full assist in the future and recalled that nature safety is essential for guaranteeing the long-term competitiveness of agriculture.

In the first half of the assembly and by method of introduction to the dialogue, the individuals spoke to 2 younger farmers, who took on the Olea natural farm and the Kukenberger natural farm. The younger farmers introduced their profitable enterprise fashions that embrace essential parts of natural farming and animal welfare, and shared their views on what is important for a promotion of environmentally pleasant agriculture and a generational renewal of farms.