The EU confirms its 2023 agricultural policy for a sustainable and modern Europe

The EU confirms its 2023 agricultural policy for a sustainable and modern Europe. Image: Fotokostic/

The European Commission has approved the first package of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) strategic plans for seven countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

The EU has confirmed that this is an important step for the implementation of the new common agricultural policy (CAP) on January 1, 2023.

The new CAP is designed to shape the transition towards a sustainable, resilient and modern European agricultural sector, the EU confirmed on Wednesday 31 August.

Under the reformed policy, funding will be distributed more evenly between small and medium-sized family farms, as well as among young farmers.

Additionally, farmers will be supported to adopt new innovations, from precision farming to agroecological production methods.

By supporting concrete actions in these and other areas, the new CAP can be the cornerstone of food security and farming communities in the European Union.

The new CAP incorporates a more effective and efficient way of working. EU countries will implement national CAP strategic plans, combining funding for income support, rural development and market measures.

When designing its strategic plan for the CAP, each Member State chose from a wide range of interventions at EU level, adapting and targeting them to meet their specific needs and local conditions.

The Commission has assessed whether each plan is based on the ten key objectives of the CAP, which address common environmental, social and economic challenges.

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Mary I. Bruner