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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Czech minister: 'Fairer' CAP not good enough

Eastern European countries have waited long enough to get their fair share of the EU's farm budget, said Ivan Fuksa, the Czech agriculture minister, in an interview with EurActiv.cz. He dismissed European Commission proposals for an additional transition period to even out differences in payments between 'new' and 'old' EU members.The European Commission's Communication on the post-2013 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), tabled in November 2010, is "a good starting point" for the discussions, Fuksa said. However, "one of the essential problems is that the Commission is proposing a transitory period before a fair CAP has been finally established,” he said. Indeed, the Commission has noted that even if differences in payments between the EU-15 and EU-12 cannot be continued, a transition period is needed to avoid "a revolution" and to enable farmers who are receiving historial payments to adapt to their new situation. "We disagree here. The CAP should be fair, not only 'fairer' as outlined in the Commission's options for reform, and it should also be fair from the first day the new rules are applied, not after several years," Fuksa stressed.

Source: Euractiv