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New CAP, european institutions reach an agreement on the “ecoschemes”

EU farming ministers have accepted the provisional deal struck with the European Parliament on the key elements of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform, thus bringing the proposal a step closer to becoming part of EU law. The agreement paves the way for a fairer, greener and more performance-based CAP that seeks to provide a sustainable future for European farmers. In particular European insitutions and the farming ministers of the EU member States managed to find an agreement on the so-called “ecoschemes”. These are additional voluntary actions taken by farmers with the aim of boosting eco-sustainable practices; according to the new CAP “ecoschemes” should be financed with a quota of the direct payments for the period 2023-2027.  The Council, the Commission and the European Parliament disagreed on the amount of those quotas. Parliament pushed for a 30% while the Member States were aiming for a more modest 20%. The compromise reached during the discussions of the EU member States farming ministers, which took place on the 28th and 29th June in Luxembourg states that the “ecoschemes will be funded with a quota of 25% starting from 2025, after a two-year transition phase (2023-2025) during which the “ecoschemes” will be financed with a quota of 20%.

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