Under Secretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki presented the assumptions of Poland’s position on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the first time at European level.
Photo. Presentation of the Polish position on the CAP
On 10 May, the Deputy Minister participated in a seminar organized by the National Council of Agricultural Chambers and Copa-Cogeca in Brussels.
The meeting was held under the name “Strong Europe strong with the Common Agricultural Policy”. It was attended by the representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, representatives of agricultural organisations, delegations from Member States, and journalists.
Among the most important matters sought by our country during the discussion on the CAP after 2020, Ryszard Zarudzki listed:
– maintaining at least the same budget for implementing the policy,
– maintaining the current structure of the CAP (i.e. two pillars within which direct payments, measures for common organisation of markets and rural development are made),
– levelling direct payments,
– simplifying regulations for farmers and national administrations, particularly by promoting greater confidence in Member States in terms of implementation and control.
It will be Poland’s priority to maintain the single area payment scheme – SAPS, target support towards small and medium-sized farms, and continue making coupled payments.
Poland is in favour of implementing the idea of sustainable agriculture using existing instruments for protecting the environment, such as:
– the cross-compliance principle,
– implementing standards for good agricultural conditions,
– Pillar II of the CAP, which should remain an important and targeted tool for achieving European environment and climate protection objectives.
It is needed to increase the financing of Pillar II of the CAP while maintaining the pro-cohesion criteria of budget allocation for this pillar at the same time, and involve other EU policies for rural development appropriately – mainly in order to increase competitiveness and innovation among holdings.
In terms of market-based instrument, Poland will seek:
– their more efficient use in crisis situations,
– introduction of solutions countering protectionist practices on the EU market,
– strengthening the bargaining power of farmers in the food chain,
– the establishment of tools supporting alternative distribution channels (e.g. local markets).