The Minister of Agriculture of Estonia Helir-Valdor Seeder met today with the Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture of Latvia who supported the Estonian demands for faster harmonisation of direct support.
I am very glad that we share the same positions with Latvia regarding the harmonisation of direct support between Member States,” said Seeder. Tactics how to find allies to our positions were discussed at the meetings with the Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis and Minister of Agriculture of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma.
"Due to the substantial differences between the levels of direct support, it is impossible to achieve the same goals. If equal stable income is not ensured for the farmers, agricultural holdings in rural areas and therefore the development of all of Europe are at risk," explained Seeder. He added that the Common Agricultural Policy has to comply with the basic principles of the European Union, which foresee equal competition conditions in the Member States.
Estonia has started to look for support for the harmonisation of direct support on the international level. According to Seeder, the redistribution of support is the most complex topic of the negotiations.
The Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder has set the goal of meeting with his colleagues in different Member States, in order to introduce the Estonian positions regarding the Common Agricultural Policy.
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