Each of the EU states will have to link at least 20 percent of direct agricultural payments to the participation of farmers in environmental programs.
The EU member states have agreed to major agrarian reform. The Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union countries supported the compromise proposal in Luxembourg on Wednesday morning, October 21, with which Germany, the presidency of the Council of the European Union, entered.
The Minister of Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany Julia Klockner said after two days of negotiations that it was a matter of “systemic changes” in this industry.
“We demonstrate that more ambitious environmental and climate protection plans go hand in hand with food security and the necessary revenue support for companies,” Klockner said.
According to the agreements reached, farmers will have to adhere to higher environmental standards in the future. In addition, smallholders will be subject to more simplified controls, “which will reduce the administrative burden and at the same time ensure their contribution to the achievement of environmental and climate goals.” Finally, each EU country will have to link at least 20 percent of direct agricultural payments to farmers’ participation in environmental programs. So that these funds are not wasted — in case the involvement in such programs is insufficient — a two-year “learning phase” is envisaged, Klockner noted. In the course of it, these funds can be attracted subject to other criteria.
Agrarian spending is one of the largest items in the EU budget; over the next seven years, 387 billion euros will be allocated for this purpose. Germany of this amount is due to 42 billion euros.
According to the head of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde, the eurozone economy could contract by 8-12% this year.