Farm ministers continue CAP reform debate

Agriculture ministers last week repeated their call for more flexible criteria to receive green subsidies under the common agriculture policy

Agriculture ministers last week repeated their call for more flexible criteria to receive green subsidies under the common agriculture policy (CAP).

The European Commission has proposed linking 30% of direct CAP payments to three environmental measures: increasing crop diversity to at least three crops per farm, creating permanent pastures and setting aside 7% of land.

During a debate in Brussels, the ministers further explored what is meant by “equivalence”, a concept that emerged in the past few months as an alternative to the conditions posed by the commission, which are seen by many as too rigid. MEPs have also discussed proposals for greater flexibility.

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