The Minister of Agriculture stated that the CAP provides a “fairer redistribution” for “direct payments”
The Minister of Agriculture pledged that the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC) would “pay special attention” to the development of small-scale agriculture and rural areas, and reiterated his commitment to “leave no one behind”.
“The intention of this reformed common agricultural policy is to guarantee the income of all farmers based on digital transformation and ecological transformation, and they pay special attention to the development of small-scale agriculture and rural areas”, in Lisbon Belém Culture Maria do Céu Antunes (Maria do Céu Antunes) said at the entrance to the informal meeting of EU Ministers of Agriculture held at the Center (CCB).
Therefore, the Minister responded to the requests of hundreds of farmers, who held a demonstration in Lisbon this Monday, demanding the establishment of a CAP to develop family farming, rural areas and promote short-term commercialization.
In fact, this CAP provides a “fairer redistribution” for “direct payments”, defending Maria do Céu Antunes.
“We are very aware of the importance of small-scale agriculture in occupying our territory to stimulate short chains. Therefore, the promise of this reform is to leave no one behind,” the minister emphasized.
The President of the European Council Portugal and the negotiators of the Parliament and the European Commission failed to reach an agreement on the CAP after several days of negotiations. This has been one of the priorities of the Portuguese presidency since he took office in January last year.
However, Maria do Céu Antunes admitted that she was “full of confidence” in European institutions’ commitment to “creating the best conditions” to finally reach an agreement on this matter.
“If it doesn’t happen, it’s definitely not because the Portuguese president lacked commitment to complete this reform as a priority from the beginning. But we’re not doing it alone, we’re doing it with us. Peers, in this sense , We also continue to work in Lisbon,” he added.
At this meeting, the minister foresaw the reflection and commitment of EU ministers to establish “a strong food system that contributes to European strategic autonomy.”
After the meeting, Portuguese Minister of Agriculture Maria do Céu Antunes and EU Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski will hold a press conference.