Minister Kadis introduces the idea of flexibility and acceptable deviation into the debate for the 2020 CAP

The need for simplification of the procedures governing the revised Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) beyond 2020, stressed the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, Costas Kadis, in his intervention to the Council of Agriculture Ministers in Brussels. C.Kadis called his counterparts to introduce an acceptable rate of deviation from the targets to be set, especially during the first years of implementation of the new CAP. This view was supported by several other Ministers.

The Minister referred in his speech to the fact that the implementation of the new CAP will now be based on the achievement of specific objectives by farmers and the Member States and, on this basis, pointed out that a significant number of measures can not be accurately predicted of the objectives originally set.

Agriculture Ministers also exchanged views on the Commission Communication on a Clean Planet for All: A Strategic Long-Term Vision for a Climate-neutral Economy, and in particular the Communication on the Role of Rural Development sector.

In another part of his intervention, C.Kadis, after presenting Cypruss view of the contribution of the agricultural sector to addressing environmental challenges and the impact of these challenges on farmers, informed his counterparts that an initiative is underway by Cyprus to coordinate the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East in addressing the consequences of climate change in the wider region.

The aim of this initiative is to draw up an action plan with proposals for measures to tackle the effects of climate change in a number of areas, including agriculture.

Finally, the Minister for Agriculture pointed out that the action plan would need to take into account the specificities of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region and that its implementation would be essentially the contribution of this region to the Paris Agreement.

Source: Cyprus News Agency