In the framework of the contacts made prior to the German Presidency of the European Union (EU) in the second half of 2020, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, and his German counterpart, Julia Klöckner, have held a meeting this week in which they discussed issues of common interest, such as the negotiations of the next CAP for the period 2021-2027, on which no agreements have yet been reached at EU level.
Planas has confirmed his support for some of the principles contained in the document signed by Spain, Germany and France last December, in favor of "a CAP that is up to the challenge in issues such as climate change and environmental protection."
He has also insisted on the need for the various countries to have flexibility to apply said policy, which should be “a simple enough one” for producers and administrations.
He also said that they expect the CAP to be backed with "considerable funds", and that the national strategic plans and other initiatives within the new European Green Pact should also "be up to the challenges."
"The problems in Germany are similar to the ones we are dealing with in Spain," said Planas, stressing that agricultural producers and ranchers need "better support in order to have an income that makes their farms profitable and sustainable."
Faced with the purchase of land from large investors that increase the price of land and crops in some regions, Klöckner has shown interest in supporting young people to encourage them to continue working in agriculture.
The German Minister said that they "agree that there must be some minimum environmental standards for each member country," but that they are also against "making more impositions that end up making products more expensive" in the face of competition from products imported from outside the EU.
Faced with the needs of a sector suffering the impact of climate change, Klöckner has asked for a "consistent" European budget, because otherwise the situation could worsen.
Germany and Spain, dealing with protests
In recent months, Germany has been dealing with protests from agricultural producers, who have taken to the streets against the environmental measures that the authorities are demanding. Meanwhile, in Spain the protests are more focused on demanding fair prices at origin that stand above the production costs.
Regarding the coronavirus, the German Minister has agreed with Planas that there are “no food shortages”, despite the massive peak of purchases in supermarkets due to rising number of cases and the containment measures being adopted.