Climate and environmental problems are the main focus of the new multiannual EU budget proposed by the European Commission after 2020, which is reflected in the common agricultural policy (CAP), EURACTIV Poland reports.

The European Commission presented a proposal for the framework of the CAP beyond 2020 on 1 June 2018, one month after the presentation of the draft of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2021-2027. The European Commission proposed a CAP budget of €365 billion.

This is less than in the current financing period, which saw over €408 billion allocated to the CAP budget. After taking inflation rates into account, this represents a reduction of over 10%.

Furthermore, the European Commission proposed the CAP should play an important role in mitigating environmental and climate issues, with climate change, resource sustainability, biodiversity and preservation of the natural landscape featuring highly in the general objectives of the CAP.

This builds on the previous MFF for 2014-2020, in which various instruments to support farmers’ income were made conditional on the application of environmentally and climate-friendly practices, thus rewarding climate-friendly farmers.

However, the new CAP aims to go further, proposing new obligations and an incentive scheme.

From 2021, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is intended to be more closely linked to environmental requirements. But this could lead to large conventional farms facing existential threats. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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