On the eve of the first tract in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), organized by Asaja Andalucía, COAG Andalucía and UPA Andalucía) in protest of the decree that regulates the aid of the PAC (Common Agrarian Policy) the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Luis Planas has held a meeting with the national leaders of the three producer organizations: Pedro Barato (Asaja), Miguel Blanco (COAG) and Lorenzo Ramos (UPA). An important novelty has emerged from this summit: Planas has shown its willingness to make the rule that regulates direct aid from the CAP more flexible in 2022, although to avoid “legal security problems” it will not modify the decree this year. In any case, it hopes to reach a “state pact” to manage the € 53 billion which will represent the CAP in Spain until 2027 (47,724 million from Brussels, the rest co-financed by the administrations and the support plans).
At the press conference after the meeting, in which, in addition to the CAP, other topics such as the worrying situation in the wine sector or the Spanish position before the Council of the Minister of Agriculture of the EU next week, the minister has defended that the decree approved in the last days of 2020 “is not a mistake, but a real necessity.” Planas added that convergence – that is, there are no differences between two farmers or ranchers who do the same work in the same region – must be “gradual” Y “keep going”. In addition to having a start and end date.
Regarding the decree, he has defended that the article was on public display in September last year and that the autonomous communities made their contributions. In any case, the head of Agriculture, has argued that the convergence dates from 2015 and that Brussels seeks to make it “significant.” In this sense, it has confirmed that historic rights will be removed in July and hopes to reach an agreement to reduce the number of regions (currently there are 50) and pointed out “that only four European countries have more than one region in the CAP.”
Regarding the serious situation that the wine sector is going through, the Minister of Agriculture has assured that, in the Council of Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union (EU) of March 22 and 23, will defend with the support of at least 13 countries the implementation of exceptional measures for this sector impacted by the crisis of the Horeca Canal. In Planas’s opinion, it cannot be that the endowments of the PASVE (National Wine Support Program) that should be dedicated to innovation or promotion cover urgent or conjunctural market issues. In this sense, he recalled that 91 million euros of these programs were diverted to finance market measures.
After the meeting this Thursday, the Minister of Agriculture will initiate a round of bilateral contacts with the autonomous communities convening a sectorial one in May to be able to close a first draft of the National Strategic Plan of the CAP before August, the final version of which will be sent at the end of this year or the beginning of 2020. The objective is for it to come into effect on January 1, 2023 For its preparation, Planas has undertaken to take into account the circumstances of the tobacco sector and its social and economic weight in communities like Extremadura.
For his part, from Asaja its president Pedro Barato has shown his hope that this Thursday’s meeting at the Ministry will allow “reach a solution” regarding the regulation of CAP aid. In this sense, he has shown his intention to convey to the minister the claims of inter-professionals such as Asprovac (Spanish Association of Beef Beef Producers). A wish shared by Miguel Blanco, general secretary of COAG and his UPA counterpart, Lorenzo Ramos, who added that “Reforms should serve to correct imbalances, not to create them”. In his opinion, the CAP should serve “to favor family agriculture and livestock and not punish anyone.”