The Advisory Council has reviewed the issues to be discussed next week (from 16 to 18) in the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries of the European Union (EU), in Brussels.

Planas stressed that the discussion paper on the progress of the post-2020 CAP negotiations, which will be presented by the Finnish presidency of the EU, contains many of the Spanish petitions.

Among them, said the minister, the possibility of granting aid under eco-schemes per head of cattle, as well as setting redistributive payments with different amounts by region, an agronomic or socioeconomic zoning, to design a payment in Spain that takes into account the diversity of Spanish agriculture and livestock.

Planas has commented, however, that there are aspects that require further debate such as the definition of a genuine farmer, green architecture or the planning of the Strategic Plan.

He pointed out that this week the European Council will meet, in which EU leaders will conduct the first global reading for the 2021-2027 financial perspectives.

The minister has insisted that Spain will defend that for the next 2021-2027 period the budget of the CAP will be kept at current prices at the same levels as in the current programming period.

Tariffs and olive oil

Regarding US tariffs, Planas has stressed that the position of the Government of Spain is to reject these "unacceptable" impositions. Spain will ask the new European Commission, as it did the previous team, to maintain the same firmness in the present and in the immediate future "in the defense of the interests of our" affected sectors.

He has lamented the erratic policy of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, predicts a "complicated year from the commercial point of view."

The minister has mentioned that the US veto to the arbitration tribunal of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the trade dispute resolution body between countries, represents an important challenge. Therefore, the minister has stressed the need to "maintain a firm defense through the European Union." The Government of Spain, highlighted, will maintain its maximum firmness in defense of its interests and will claim all the necessary measures to mitigate its effects, in collaboration with the autonomous communities.

In this regard, the minister has also referred to the private storage of olive oil. He has trusted that it will be an effective tool. To make a complete balance of this measure designed to regulate the market and raise prices, it will be necessary to wait for the completion of the 4 planned bidding periods, according to the minister.

Forest

On the other hand, Planas has also referred to the work being done within the EU to intensify its actions to protect and restore the world's forests. He has emphasized that between 1990 and 2016, 1.3 million square kilometers of forest area was lost worldwide.

He stressed that "that is why it is so important that agreements with third countries have clauses on this matter." He also referred to the fact that tomorrow, day 11, the European Commission will publish the "European Green Deal", with important measures for the whole of agriculture, livestock, rural areas and maintenance of the natural environment.



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