Countdown to outline all the details of the Spanish project of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2023-2027. The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, announced today in Congress that he trusts reach an agreement with the autonomous communities to close the National Strategic Plan to qualify for the aid of the next CAP. Specifically, it is the document that Spain has to send to Brussels before December 31 to be eligible for these grants for farmers and ranchers. “I would say that it is well advanced, the agreement reached with the communities in July foreshadows that we can conclude in a timely manner,” Planas stressed.
“We will be in a position to present the national strategic plan in Brussels, and the procedure is that it must be done before December 31, and then the European Commission approves it in the first quarter, a necessary condition so that from 2023 the charges will continue to be collected. aid from the CAP ”, he added.
The Minister of Agriculture recalled that to achieve this goal regarding the preparation of this “great plan” more than 200 meetings have been held during the last two and a half years with all the parties involved: autonomous communities, agricultural organizations, cooperatives, environmental organizations and civil society.
Now, the next step to take to achieve the application of a CAP “fairer, more sustainable, more social and that encourages innovation and digitization” is, according to Planas, convene a new sectoral conference in mid-October and, at the same time, hold more meetings with agricultural organizations and cooperatives to finalize details.
In the new PAC that will be applied in Spain, a payment will be established for the first hectares. In this way, an attempt will be made to take into account small and medium-sized farms that cannot benefit from economies of scale, according to Minister Planas. Likewise, in the basic income aid a progressive reduction of the aid will be established from 60,000 euros with a limit of 200,000 euros, once all the admissible discounts have been made.
Regarding the figure known as eco-schemes, Planas explained that their design will allow farmers and ranchers to access an annual budget of 1,107 million euros in order to promote more profitable and sustainable activities.
Regarding the General State Budgets (PGE) for 2022, the Minister of Agriculture specified that he hopes that the allocation for his Ministry will facilitate the consolidation of the “important leap” that has already occurred with the previous accounts. These funds will be co-financed by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and part of the investments of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, to which are added specific issues such as agricultural insurance or subsidies to renew agricultural machinery.
“I hope that the Budgets are an element to consolidate the Government’s policy, very focused and supportive of the sector as a whole,” he remarked.
In this sense, Planas underlined the importance of these funds because they will serve as co-financing of the PAC and also of many of the investments related to the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. “Specific areas such as agricultural insurance or subsidies for the renewal of agricultural machinery are added,” he added.