Cyprus expects EU to maintain an improved direct payments system in the future CAP, says Minister of Agriculture

Cyprus expects the EU to maintain the role of direct payments as a means of supplementing and supporting agricultural incomes during the revision of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), according to Agriculture Minister Nikolaos Kougialis, who participated yesterday in the EU28 Agriculture Ministers Council in Brussels.

In particular, the Minister for Agriculture, during his intervention in the debate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 noted that the implementation of mechanisms for targeting direct payments must be voluntary and take into account the specificities of the Member States. Furhtermore he called for the continuation of the scheme, but stressed the need to improve the tied aid system to farmers, in a way that helps support local production of products. In the same intervention, he also underlined the need to simplify the approval process of the Rural Development Program and how farmers would apply for agricultural support.

Finally the Minister, on the occasion of his departure from the specific post, thanked the EU Commissioner for Agriculture for his excellent cooperation over the past five years as well as his counterparts. Commissioner Phil Hogan and Council President Rumen Porodzanov on behalf of the EU Ministers thanked Minister Kougialis for his constructive cooperation and contribution to Agriculture and the EUs Rural Development and wished him good luck in his new projects.

Source: Cyprus News Agency