The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, has indicated this Monday that Spain and Portugal will ask the European Commission to increase the allocation of the CAP advances for 2022 and to make the conditions for the use of fallow land and ecological interest more flexible to alleviate the effects of drought In the Iberic Peninsule.
Speaking to the press upon arrival at a meeting of EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers, Planas has indicated that in addition to these two requests they will also request to carry out "specific actions to support the agricultural or livestock sector" with charges to rural development funds, as happened during the pandemic period, and activate the measures provided for in the WTO of markets.
In addition, Planas has announced that in the coming weeks the drought table will be convened, which will be articulated as a point of dialogue between the sector and the autonomous communities to analyze what measures can be implemented to alleviate the effects of the drought.
Between October and February, the rainfall in Spain has decreased by 38% compared to the average of the last 30 years, according to Planas, who pointed out that Andalusia and Extremadura are the areas facing a "more intense period of drought".
The Minister of Agriculture has advanced that Spain will defend before the Council of Ministers of the Twenty-seven an international trade "based on rules", in line with the French position. In this sense, Planas has referred to the mirror clauses and has urged to assess "what the non-introduction of non-equivalent regulations would mean" of all the regulations derived from the Green Deal.
The Ministers of Agriculture of the Twenty-seven will address the harmonization at European level of the labeling of origin and the methods of production. In this regard, Planas has highlighted that Spain will mention the cold treatment that has been decided to apply to citrus and the traceability of animal production.
Planas has clarified that citrus fruits as a whole have not been included in the implementation of the cold treatment requirement for imports in the next campaign when, but rather that it will affect oranges. Thus Planas has advanced that it has asked the affected autonomous communities for data to request the European Commission the application of the covered products.
"It does not mean that we do not have to complete this task regarding the products," Planas detailed, indicating that oranges are included in the list and that the inclusion of small citrus fruits in the list is pending.
Regarding the crisis in the pig sector, Planas has indicated that if the European Commission puts proposals on the table, "Spain will have a constructive position" regarding them and has clarified that Spain is affected "as are the rest of the European countries."
In addition, Planas has recalled that, together with Germany, they are the two largest producing countries in the EU, which gives them "more capacity to absorb the price shock caused by the crisis in the pig sector."
"Fortunately we are not affected by African swine fever but that does not mean that we do not have to be very vigilant to avoid the insecurity that reaches our territory from northern Italy," he stressed.