Copa-Cogeca has welcomed EU Farm Ministers talks to simplify complicated Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) rules, warning urgent action is vital to cut red tape and ease the draconian penalties imposed on farmers and their cooperatives.
In a high level meeting with the Latvian Presidency, Copa President Albert Jan Maat said: “We are very anxious to see concrete initiatives introduced to simplify farmers work as soon as possible. Without this, innovation and competitiveness is jeopardised. It is unacceptable to take up to 30% of farmers greening payments in 2017 when the rules are still unclear and the errors relate to delays in advice made by the local authorities. Going beyond the 30% payment cut is also unacceptable in 2018.”
He also stressed that simplification must not result in fundamental changes to the basic act and rules under the new CAP which the EU agreed until 2020, to give farmers some stability.