In December, the European Commission published its recommendations for each member state to contribute to the development of their strategic plans for the common agricultural policy (CAP). The purpose of these recommendations is that the strategic plans of the CAP, which are currently in the preparation phase, include the measures or instruments that allow making progress to achieve the objectives of the CAP in line with the European Green Deal.
The recommendations made to Spain are divided into four sections:
- Promoting a smart, resilient, and diversified agricultural sector that guarantees food security.
- Strengthening care for the environment and climate action, contributing to the Union's environmental and climate-related goals.
- Strengthening the socio-economic fabric of rural areas and addressing the demands of society.
- Promoting the exchange of knowledge, innovation, and digitization in agriculture and rural areas.
In the first section, the European Commission makes three recommendations to Spain:
Promoting competitiveness and the consolidation of viable market-oriented farms. To this end, the EC proposes stimulating investments, especially in new environmentally friendlier technologies and agricultural practices.
Promoting a greater integration of primary producers. Helping producer organizations (PO) to expand the range and dimension of their services, as well as recognizing POs in sectors in which they haven't been recognized or in which their penetration is poor.
Improving the viability of farms by improving the efficiency, orientation, and distribution of direct aid. Spain must advance significantly in the internal convergence process and distribute direct income support to homogeneous groups of territories, taking into account agronomic conditions, the differences based on the physical and economic size of the farms, eliminating the link to historical references.
FEPEX shares these three recommendations as they would contribute significantly to reinforcing the sustainability of fruit and vegetable farms, especially those oriented to foreign markets, which account for a major percentage of the sector's turnover.
The Federation has reiterated on numerous occasions that the inclusion of the entire sector in direct payments would make it possible to correct the inequalities and distortions by the current competition, both in Spain and in relation to other Community producer countries.