Germany to review its CAP plan in light of Ukraine war

Friday, June 10, 2022
Germany will re-examine its plans for the implementation of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in light of the war in Ukraine, the agriculture ministry said in response to the European Commission’s call to move towards ‘resilient and sustainable’ agriculture. Germany agrees with the Commission’s assessment that Russia’s war in Ukraine and the sharp rise in commodity and producer prices represent a “drastic challenge also for the Common Agricultural Policy,” according to a letter the agriculture ministry sent to the Commission on Tuesday (7 June), which was made public on Thursday (9 June). The European Commission previously levelled far-reaching criticism at Germany in its so-called observation letter on the country’s National CAP Strategic Plan. Among other things, Brussels urged Germany to take measures to make its agricultural sector “more crisis-proof” in view of the war in Ukraine, which has thrown global agricultural markets into turmoil. Germany will “examine the regulations and instruments in the CAP strategy plan with this in mind,” Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir of the Green Party said in the letter. On top of the short-term measures Germany and the EU adopted in recent weeks, the aim here is to strengthen the resilience of agriculture, “in particular by reducing dependence on plant protection products, mineral fertilisers and fossil fuels”.
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