Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Common Agricultural Policy
834. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the CAP funding allocation will be adversely affected by other agricultural support arrangements put in place by the EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5519/20]
The European Commission has proposed, as part of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027, an overall cut of approximately 5% to CAP post 2020 funding. The proposed cut is comprised of a 3.9% cut to Pillar 1 (direct payments) and a 15% cut to Pillar 2 (rural development) funding.
I am not aware of any specific proposals for agricultural supports outside of the CAP but clearly the overall budgetary discussions are taking place within the context of financial demands in other areas including the COVID response and Just Transition in the context of climate ambition, migration and security.
I will continue to work hard with my European counterparts, and with Commissioner Wojciechowski, to build consensus around the need to maintain a strong CAP budget post-2020.