Agriculture ministers urge speed at EU strategic plan

Released on 01.10. 2021

  • Wolfram Günther (Alliance 90 / The Greens), Environment Minister of Saxony and head of the Agriculture Ministers’ Conference. Photo: Robert Michael

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There is not much time left. Nationwide, the agricultural ministers of the federal states want to submit their strategic plan parallel to EU legislation in order to give farmers planning security.

Dresden (dpa) – The agriculture ministers of the federal states are urging speed with the national strategic plan for the common European agricultural policy (GAP).

Above all, the considerable pressure of time and decision-making caused by delays in negotiations at EU level, it was said on Friday after the autumn meeting of the Agriculture Ministers’ Conference (AMK) in Dresden. There should no longer be a standstill, the strategic plan must be carried out in parallel with EU legislation. The timely submission of the plan to the EU by January 1st 2021 is important to give the farmers the necessary planning security. Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU) promised to present the outstanding ordinances by mid-October. “We are ahead of the wave,” said the minister.

At the request of Saxony, the AMK asked the federal government to develop uniform principles for the compensation of farmers who use their land for the Provide flood retention. The ministers also spoke out in favor of a uniform animal welfare label. The conference also decided to make another commitment against food waste. One focus should be on consumer education. The federal government should examine further legal regulations in order to reduce the waste of food.

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