hogan sets out plans for future division of cap pie
You\'re completely awake.
There was an elephant, a rainbow, an apple pie, and an official --
Someone who looks like a scale gives money to someone who plays another tune.
Where do you think you might see you just woke up in Brussels.
Wednesday morning, November 29.
You are in the EU news auditorium surrounded by journalists, and we certainly will not call it \"communication\" in Ireland \".
Here, we are more inclined to refer to these documents as \"white papers \"--
Policy documents issued by the government before major decisions and direction changes.
They are usually designed to allow the ball to roll
Solicit feedback and debate from all participants on the direction the policy will take soon.
This is exactly what Mr. Hogan \"communicated\" this morning.
Called \"The future of food and agriculture\", the aim is to give the public a very clear understanding of the principles that guide Mr. Hogan in making major decisions on agricultural policy.
There is no doubt that this will trigger a heated debate over EU agricultural support over the next 18 months.
So, you might ask, who is the official?
Guy with weighing scales, take out the money at the top of the room.
The European Commission, of course.
As the old saying goes, he always pays the piper.
The European Commission has issued huge amounts of money to \"agriculture\" hairers
Exactly, 40 billion euros a year.
This time, in terms of CAP reform, they certainly want farmers to dance in a very different way.
Nearly 7 million farmers on the continent earn 40bn euros a year.
However, 20% of the money is packed in the top 80%.
Hogan thinks it\'s not fair.
So he\'s looking for a better balance.
The weighing scale in the official hand-
Looks like the guy who took the money out.
Mr. Hogan proposed to set a mandatory ceiling on the number of EU funds available to the largest participants in EU farm payments.
He would also like to introduce a so-called \"diminishing payment\" mechanism.
This is a new term for me, but Mr Hogan made it clear that what he called \"diminishing\" was a payment system that would further reduce financial support for large farms.
Nevertheless, the commissioner wishes to strengthen farm support for small and medium-sized farms and, more specifically, target agricultural payments for \"real\" farmers who must actively farm their livelihoods.
This combination of guiding principles may be widely welcomed by Irish farmers, with an average farm area of about 32 hectares and an average household farm income of about 24,000 euros per year.
But what about the rainbow we see when we wake up in the room? All of this is combined with the EU\'s full intention to closely integrate strict environmental and climate obligations into a common agricultural policy.
Climate change is the biggest challenge facing mankind, and the EU is leading the way in its efforts and commitments to tackle climate change.
The EU has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.
Sustainable development will become the game name of European agriculture in 2020 century.
This means that farmers in every corner of the community will be called in to enhance the environmental functionality they have already delivered.
Ecosystem services related to soil, air quality, water, biology
Diversity and landscape facilities will become more important.
Today\'s Commission document says that providing agricultural support will be a condition for providing these broader environmental benefits.
At this point, however, Mr. Hogan was well aware that the bureaucracy surrounding such environmental obligations drove most farmers to turn things around.
They keep complaining about \"red tape,\" and what they think of as a-size-fits-
All methods of environmental planning.
The core complaint is that the EU rules dictate what farmers can do: cutting hedges, spreading mud, and so on.
Because these rules do not take into account local and regional conditions and weather changes, they sometimes seem particularly foolish to Irish farmers.
The Commissioner has a solution to this.
From 2020, he will allow local governments to have a greater say in designing, regulating and regulating environmental plans that farmers must implement.
He hopes this will address complaints about EU bureaucracy.
However, there is no guarantee of the country-
The environmental plan designed for farmers will not be affected by the red tape and bureaucracy that has plagued the EU plan so far.
This reminds me of the \"apple pie\" in the room \".
Well, when we woke up earlier, we saw more of a \"mother and apple pie \"--
In the communication document issued today by the EU Commissioner, there are many agricultural policy objectives.
There are a lot of things in the file that no one would disagree.
It is necessary to do more work for young people to engage in agriculture and encourage older farmers to farm on their land.
The guiding principles in this regard indicate that more funding and agricultural support will be provided to support these objectives.
Smart agriculture, new technologies that encourage innovation, and encourage the adoption of the latest knowledge of communication framework technologies are all to be met.
New efforts will also be made to improve farmers\' position in European foodprice chain -
To make sure they get a better share, consumers have to fork out their products on supermarket shelves.
From an Irish point of view, none of these things are particularly new, but it is reassuring farmers that all of this is highlighted as a guiding principle for future common agricultural policies.
So what about the elephant I mentioned at the beginning? Yes, of course, there is an elephant in the room that has something to do with a hat and a huge elephant.
The elephant in the room is Britain\'s exit from the EU.
This is a significant issue that cannot be mentioned in official documents.
The UK is currently the second largest contributor to the EU budget.
When it leaves the EU, it will take the financial contribution.
With a total value of about € 18 billion, no one knows yet how the European Commission will fill the resulting fiscal gap.
Agriculture currently accounts for nearly 40% of EU budget spending.
The biggest concern for farmers now is what happens to their agricultural payments when the UK leaves.
According to most agricultural organizations, the solution is to ask the European government to make more voices --
Increase their contributions to the EU budget to protect agricultural payments.
But there is no discussion about all of this, Commissioner Hogan said today that EU president JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker ordered him not to mention anything about money in this morning\'s newsletter.
Nor did it mention the impact of the trade model when Britain left.
All these effects on agricultural prices, tariffs and customs have the potential to cause significant damage to agricultural enterprises, which, if the situation deteriorates, may make it more difficult for Irish farmers to honor their environmental commitments, so much so that the EU is eager to put that commitment at the heart of the 2020-generation cap.
Britain\'s exit from the EU is a classic \"elephant in the room \"--
This is a major issue that cannot be mentioned in official documents.