The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, acknowledged this week that the sector is going through "a moment with plenty of doubts and great instability" ahead of the United Kingdom's departure from the EU, and advocated "an agreement between London and Brussels before the end of the year."
"It would be good to have an agreement before the end of the year, as this would allow us to remain calmer and more confident at a time of many doubts and instability," said Planas after meeting in Paris with his counterparts in France and Portugal.
"I think that anything that gives certainty to economic operators, but also to all citizens, is good news," he added.
The Spanish Minister said that "the preparation of any necessary contingency measures should already have started by now."
He added that the Government will approve any legislative initiatives that may be required, as France has already done, although he clarified that some competences, such as customs, belong to the European Union and not to the States.
"There are too many unknowns to place bets on Brexit issues. These two weeks are key, with the annual conference of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom," he said.
A thousand trucks a day with Spanish food
The Minister of Agriculture said that a solution will have to be found for the nearly one thousand trucks that arrive daily at the port of Dover from Spain, carrying goods which, in 30% of cases, are perishable foods.
Planas also mentioned the first post-Brexit budget proposed by the European Commission (EC) for the CAP in the period 2021-2027, which is expected to be cut by 5%. It will, however, remain the EU's most important policy in terms of budget, with a total of 365,000 million Euro.
For Spain, the EC proposes cuts of 3.5% in direct payments and of 14.5% in rural development, in addition to a reduction of co-financing rates.