Estonia stresses at today’s EU Ministers of Agriculture meeting the need to harmonize Union support rates and change the criteria of less favoured areas.
The European Commission proposal for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is discussed for the first time at today’s meeting. All ministers have a possibility to give their first comments on the reform proposals.
The Minister of Agriculture of Estonia Helir-Valdor Seeder says that the Commission’s proposal reflects to a certain extent the Estonian vision on how to continue with the CAP. "Support rates need to be harmonised in the EU and the Commission has realised that," said Seeder. "In case the current basis for calculating support is continued to be used, we cannot talk about common competition conditions."
According to Seeder, changing the criteria of the so-called less favoured areas is also important in the European Union, so that allocated support would really serve their goal.
Yesterday, Seeder also had a meeting with the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos, who has so far also supported the idea of support harmonisation. This would mean increased support rates for the Estonian farmers after 2013.
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