MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
In 2021, six percent of EU direct payments will continue to be earmarked for rural development
Today, Thursday, the third law amending the Direct Payments Implementation Act is up for a vote in the Bundestag. As in 2020, six percent of the EU direct payments that farmers receive in Germany are to be reallocated in 2021 and made available as additional funds for promoting rural development. The agricultural policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Albert Stegemann, and the responsible rapporteur Hermann Färber explain:
Albert Stegemann: “With the current law, we are keeping the redeployment rate of six percent at the previous year’s level. This ensures the financing of the various country programs for implementing the second pillar in the ‘Common Agricultural Policy’. The funds can be used, for example, to support area-related agri-environmental programs, such as creating flower strips or organic farming. It is important that the funds primarily flow back into agriculture. The federal states are called upon to ensure this and, together with the farmers, to continue and re-launch appropriate programs. “
Hermann Färber: “The essential condition for the redeployment of six percent of direct payments must be that these funds are primarily linked to the allocation of agricultural funds. They are intended to support the development of competitive agricultural businesses as well as their upstream and downstream areas and structures in rural areas. We call on the federal states to ensure that the programs that are financed by the six percent of direct payments benefit the farmers again. Because it is the money from your EU direct payments that is reallocated and therefore no longer ends up directly in your wallet. For this waiver, the farmers deserve our social recognition. It is therefore all the more important to provide financial support for the numerous measures that farmers have already taken to preserve the biodiversity of our landscapes.
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