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Agricultural policy, green light for anti-covid EU aid

Approved by a very large majority by the European Parliament

Green light from the Brussels Plenary to the extension of the Pac and Next Generation Eu with over 8 billion euros already from 2021.

"After weeks of waiting, thanks to the agreement reached on the European budget 2021-2027, we are putting pen to paper to the commitment made with our farmers, producers and rural areas: two years of extension of the current Common Agricultural Policy and, already since January 2021, over 8 billion euros in support of the sector, severely hit by the Covid-19 pandemic”.
Paolo De Castro, rapporteur for the EU Parliament of the Next Generation EU for rural development, commented on the outcome of the very large majority vote (653 in favor, 19 against, 22 abstentions) with which the Plenary Assembly in Brussels given the final go-ahead to the extraordinary aid allocated by the Union.
"In addition to the allocation of 8.07 billion, of which 925 million allocated to Italy - continues De Castro - in 2021, European farmers will be able to benefit from an additional 2.6 billion deriving from an advance on rural development funds. For a total package of over 10 billion euros, with a national share for Italy of 1.22 billion; a share that, with national co-financing, can at least be doubled. Now the Member States will have to make these funds available as soon as possible through the plans of rural development, so that they can truly pave the way for economic recovery in the name of resilience, sustainability and digitization, and in line with the objectives outlined by the Green Deal".
"Young farmers and the socio-economic development of rural areas - explains De Castro - must be dedicated at least 55% of funds to support investments in innovation, precision agriculture, greater safety at work, renewable energy and circular economy, short supply chains . Another 37% of additional resources will have to be invested in practices with high environmental added value, such as organic farming, the reduction of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, soil conservation, improvement of water management and animal welfare".
Not only additional funds, "but also the strengthening of risk management measures, with the lowering of the minimum thresholds for loss of income or production from 30 to 20% in order to activate mutual funds against climatic adversities, and the stabilization of corporate income". "We have extended the extraordinary measure to support the liquidity of farms that will be able to receive up to 5 thousand euros in support also in 2021, as well as the operational programs for fruit and vegetables and beekeeping that will last until 31 December 2022 . In the wine sector, the duration of planting rights is extended, allowing producers not to lose several thousand hectares of wine-growing potential. And as with wine, Member States will be able to define marketing rules to improve the functioning of the wine market. olive oil".
"Once again - concludes the PD MEP - Parliament has shown that it knows how to be the engine of the European legislative process, achieving fundamental results for a sector that - even in the darkest moments of the pandemic - has never backed down, continuing to guarantee the food that arrives on our tables every day".

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