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Jan 30, 2018

Hungary is pushing for a simpler, “more farmer-friendly” common agricultural policy (CAP) in the EU

Sándor Fazekas, farm minister, said it is in Hungary’s favor that the majority of member states agree on an agricultural policy that allows easier access to EU funding but at the same time ensures constant food production

Hungary is pushing for the introduction of a simpler, “more farmer-friendly” common agricultural policy (CAP) in the European Union beyond 2020.

Sándor Fazekas, minister for Agriculture, said it is in Hungary’s favour that the majority of member states agree on an agricultural policy that allows easier access to EU funding but at the same time ensures constant food production.

According to MTI, Fazekas said that such a policy must also enable the European Union to adequately serve its export markets.

Fazekas said it was important that member states should not be able to directly fund their own farmers using CAP monies. He said that if wealthier member states did this, it would put poorer member states at a serious disadvantage.

The minister reiterated the government’s position that member states should increase their contributions to the EU budget, including CAP payments.

Hungary is ready to increase its contribution to the EU’s budget to 1.2% of its gross national income for the next funding cycle. The EU is set to complete preparatory work on a new common agricultural policy in March, he said.