As of January 1, 2023, Spain will have a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Spain has presented the Strategic Plan of the CAP to the EC and, foreseeably, it will be approved within the first semester of 2022, to enter into force on January 1 next. Spain will have, according to the statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, “with a fairer, more social and more sustainable CAP” to promote a strategic agri-food sector that “will have the budget and the necessary tools to face economic challenges , social and environmental of the next decade, in line with the new demands of the consumers “.
What do they mean by “new consumer demands”?
On the 6th, the Official Journal of the European Union published the final text of the three regulations that will govern the CAP in the period 2023-2027. These new regulations will allow the application of the CAP budget agreed by the European Council in July 2020 and which in the case of Spain represents 47,724 million euros for the entire period 2021-2027.
According to the ministry, the funds between farmers and ranchers will be distributed in a “more balanced and fairer” way, because having carried out an analysis from scratch for the diagnosis prior to the preparation of the plan, they have been able to better identify the real needs of each sector. The objective of the new CAP is “to promote profound but gradual changes that reward the environmental commitment of farmers and ranchers, while allowing them to increase their effectiveness and guarantee fairer and more efficient payments”.
Therefore, the sector will have to gradually adopt:
- Elements that point to a smart, resistant and diversified sector that guarantees food safety.
- Intensification of care for the environment and action for the climate, helping to achieve the climate and environmental objectives of the EU.
- Strengthening the socioeconomic fabric of rural areas.
- At the proposal of Spain, actions will have to be taken to “promote gender equality” in the sector.
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