EC rejects single ‘green’ spending target in the CAP

The European Commission has criticised a Finnish proposal to establish a single common dedicated share of funding for environmental and climate purposes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), while most member states backed it and asked for further details.

“There is a higher risk that this could achieve the opposite of our common goals and lead to a lower climate and environmental ambition,” agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan told ministers at an EU Council debate on post-2020 CAP reforms on Monday.

Finland’s agriculture minister Jari Leppä put forward the Finnish EU presidency’s proposal that achieving a higher environmental benefit could be simplified by setting a single common percentage of funding, or a fixed amount per country.

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