During a meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Baltic States and Poland, organised as part of the XVII International Dairy Forum in Serock, Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik signed a joint declaration on 5 September on the future of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.
„It is important that countries such Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, who all have similar interests, stick together and try to find common solutions to the challenges provided by the CAP and Brexit,“ Minister Järvik said.
“We see the need for the Common Agricultural Policy to be ensured with a sufficient budget for the next financial period. As we are all working in a common market and our farmers meet the same requirements, the harmonisation of direct payment levels should be completed,” Minister Järvik added.
“All of us are also on the common positon that as rural development policy is the most suitable instrument for finding solutions to challenges that the agricultural sector and rural areas in general are facing, funding for this measure should not be reduced,” the Minister stressed their joint interests. “I am pleased that both the Baltic States and Poland share the same principles for the negotiations of the EU’s budget on agriculture."