The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, presented this Tuesday to the Council of Ministers the Strategic Plan for the application of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Spain from 2023 that the Government will send tomorrow, December 29 , to the European Commission for approval, thus complying with the provisions of the new regulations.
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Specifically, the CAP application plan in Spain, which must be delivered before January 1, 2022 and is endowed with 47,724 million euros until 2027 for a total of 630,000 recipients, is a “powerful” support instrument for face challenges such as climate change, generational change, strengthen the presence of women in agricultural activity and improve the competitiveness of the sector.
The Government foresees that the European Commission will approve it at the end of the first half of 2022, so that it will apply as of January 1, 2023.
In this way, as Planas explained in the press conference after the Council of Ministers, Spain will have 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 to be able to face the economic, social and environmental challenges of the next decade, in line with the new demands of consumers.
The Council of Ministers has also approved a draft law that aims to design an effective system for the development of the CAP in a homogeneous way throughout the territory.
More than 7.4 billion in 2022
The Council of Ministers has also approved this Tuesday a royal decree that modifies another three, from 2014, on the application of the CAP, which incorporates the necessary changes to
adapt national regulations to certain legislative updates of the European Union (EU).
Specifically, these changes will allow Spanish farmers and ranchers to receive more than 7,425 million euros in aid in 2022, the last transition period between the previous framework (2014-2020) and the entry into force of the new CAP, on 1 January 2023.
The main modifications of Royal Decree 1075/2014 refer to the definition of ‘pasture admissibility coefficient’ to allow the autonomous communities to establish in their regulations a minimum coefficient value below which said surface will not be considered eligible.
In addition, the associated livestock aid is modified, clarifying, in the case of those who start their activity, the procedure for calculating eligible animals, in such a way that the competent authority can apply the most beneficial option for these applicants.
Likewise, the management is simplified for the regulatory councils or accrediting entities of quality appellations for legumes, which will not have to send annually the NIF of the registered farmers or in the registration process, nor the area registered by each of them when the competent authorities already have this information.