Climate change prevention measures in the new CAP

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The new Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union for 2021-2027 will focus even more on climate and environmental issues. In this Special Report, EURACTIV Poland walks you through some of the main changes this will bring.

The European Commission presented a proposal for the shape of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) beyond 2020 on 1 June 2018, a month after the presentation of the EU’s draft Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027. The Commission assumed the CAP budget at the level of €365 billion.

The Commission proposed that in the new financial perspective the agricultural policy should be characterised by higher ambitions in environmental and climate issues. When setting the general objectives of the CAP, it decided to include issues such as climate change, the sustainability of natural resources, biodiversity, the safety of animal habitats and the preservation of the natural landscape.

The Special Report begins with outlining the general assumptions of the Common Agricultural Policy in the context of adapting it to stricter climate and environmental requirements. Some countries will have to accept a smaller amount of money for agriculture, but at the same time, it is an opportunity for farmers who will be rewarded for using environmentally friendly practices.

The assumptions of the new CAP and its consequences for Poland are also commented on by Zbigniew Karaczun, PhD from SGGW, who emphasizes that “the changes in the new EU budget will be beneficial for agriculture”.

We will also look at the impact of the new agricultural policy on innovation in agriculture, how it can help to develop organic farming and contribute to the improvement of soil condition in Europe.

 

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