The cuts proposed are lower than those of a few months ago

Spain considers proposal to cut CAP funds a good starting point

The Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, said that the cuts proposed by Brussels are lower than those reported a few months ago. Spain will join forces with France to improve the agricultural funds.

Spain believes that the European Commission's proposal to cut agricultural funds is a good starting point.

"We started the negotiation with the same objective that we always had: improving the support given to agricultural producers and livestock farmers," said the Minister after meeting with the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan.

He stressed that in the months prior to the proposal, the debates "pointed to 30% cuts and the possibility of co-funding the aid, something that the Government stood against."

"Now the starting point is a 5% cut in the whole of the CAP and a 3.5% one in direct aid, which are the ones that ensure stability and income guarantees," he said.

Spain's initial optimism contrasts with the reaction in France, a country with which the Spanish government will seek "alliances, as these have always yielded good results."

The French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Travert, has described the "drastic, massive and blind reduction of the agricultural budget as unacceptable." 

García Tejerina recalled the great uncertainty there was ahead of the negotiation for the 2014-2020 budget.

Back then, "the alliance with France, which Ireland joined, ensured stability up until 2020."

"Today, we are working to extend this stability until the year 2027," stressed the Minister. "A long negotiation process is opening to approve the budget for the 27 EU countries after Brexit."


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