On Friday, national choices on application of direct payments paid under the EU Common Agricultural Policy were submitted to the European Commission by Estonia. The supports are targeted at active farmers and agricultural sectors which undergo certain difficulties, a separate support will be granted for national choices on application of direct payments young farmers.
„Designing the system of direct payments for the new period we considered increase in value added or public good in the sector as a prerequisite for support payments. This means that support payments must reach active farmers and contribute to job creation in rural areas,“ Minister of Agriculture Ivari Padar said. „Strong agriculture sector and populated rural areas will serve as the basis for food security and sustainable rural life in Estonia.“
From next year, Estonia plans the following:
- To make applying for area support available only to active farmers
- To pay additional support for young farmers
- To apply a simple scheme for small farmers
- To target support at agricultural sectors which undergo certain difficulties: for growing dairy cows, beef cattle, ewes and goats and fruit and vegetables
Besides, to get direct payments, the agricultural practices meeting the environmental and climate or the so called greening standards must be followed from 2015.
Estonia had to submit its choices on application of direct payments in 2015–2020 to the European Commission by 1 August. The more detailed conditions will be established by Regulations of the Minister of Agriculture, in case of coupled support (support for the sectors which undergo certain difficulties) those conditions must be approved by the European Commission within 4+4 months.
In 2014–2020, more than 900 million euros as direct payments will be granted to Estonian farmers under the EU Common Agricultural Policy.