Spain wants guarantee that the CAP won't be renationalised

García Tejerina has asked the European Commission (EC) for "certainty that there will be no renationalisation of the CAP," since this would have consequences in the single market.

"We will continue asking until we have the certainty that there won't be a renationalisation that would at the very least harm the single market," said the Minister in the framework of the Council of Ministers of the sector.

Tejerina thus referred to the first general lines presented by the EC on the future of the CAP, which propose a more flexible system of aid implementation that seeks to give more "freedom" to each country.

Concerns among agricultural producers
This first approach of the EC, which aims for the establishment of national strategic plans, has generated some "concerns" in the sector, which is why the Government wants to be certain "that these plans won't entail 27 or 28 different agricultures."

"It is true that each agriculture is different, but we have to keep some ties in order to preserve this single market, so that all Member States adhere to the same standards, because we all serve European citizens as a whole," defended the minister.

Tejerina insisted that the new CAP, to come into force in 2020, cannot "put the high standards of food production in the EU into question, nor allow some countries to be more or less permissive."

Furthermore, the minister also said that co-funding is "a red line" that Spain will not cross.


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