To shape the transition to a sustainable, resilient and modern European agricultural sector, each European country must set up a national strategic plan to frame the actions of the EU to meet specific needs and local conditions. The 31st August, the European Commission approved the first CAP national strategy plans: the strategic plans of Denmark, France, Finland, Irlande, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
This is an important step for the implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on 1 January 2023. Under the reformed policy, funding will be more fairly distributed to small and medium-sized family farms, as well as to young farmers. Moreover, farmers will be supported to take up new innovations, from precision farming to agro-ecological production methods. By supporting concrete actions in these and other areas, the new CAP can be the cornerstone for food security and farming communities in the European Union.
The CAP will benefit from €270 billion in funding for the 2023-2027 period. The seven Plans approved today represent a budget of over €120 billion, including over €34 billion dedicated exclusively to environmental and climate objectives and eco-schemes. This amount can be used to promote beneficial practices for soil, and to improve water management and grassland quality, for example.