MIL-OSI Translation: GAP resolution in the Bundestag: Use agricultural billions for environmentally and climate-friendly agriculture – initiate phase-out of flat-rate area subsidies

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Source: Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation GermanyBerlin. From the point of view of the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND), the laws passed by the Bundestag to shape European agricultural policy (GAP) can make agriculture more environmentally and climate-friendly. “Now it is necessary to make the new organic regulations attractive and to put the additional money for the second pillar in effective environmental and climate programs as well as organic farming,” says Olaf Bandt, Chairman of BUND. At the same time, the BUND reiterates its criticism that the German laws will be passed before the conclusion of the trialogue negotiations in Brussels. Band: “The new GAP funding period until 2027 must be used to start the gradual phase-out of the flat-rate area bonus. From 2028 onwards, premiums may only be given for non-statutory social services by agricultural businesses. The Bundestag resolution is a step in this direction, but it can cause massive problems. Dilution attempts by the agricultural lobby have been prevented for the time being. With a view to the Green Deal, the Paris Climate Agreement and the EU biodiversity strategy, however, we would have hoped for more. ”Farmers need planning security. They need to know what bonuses and how much they are rewarded for their important services to protect nature, the climate and to preserve the cultural landscape. The BUND expects the new federal government to review the new CAP by the end of 2024 to see whether it contributes to more environmental and climate protection. Otherwise, improvements must be made quickly, for example through further eco-regulations for pasture land, more money in environmental premiums and additional support programs for climate protection. Bandt: “The entry into the agrarian reform must not lead to the detriment of organic farmers and grassland farms in the low mountain ranges, which are already working in an environmentally friendly way. After the end of the trialogue negotiations at EU level, we still expect improvements in the national implementations for organic and grassland farms. A loss of income is unacceptable for the companies. ”The BUND has campaigned intensively for the budget for the organic regulations to be increased gradually. In order to secure the expansion of organic farming, a higher shift from the first to the second pillar is necessary. Unfortunately the Bundestag did not comply with these demands. It is encouraging, however, that agroforestry systems will now also be eligible for grassland. Meadows and pastures that are particularly valuable for nature conservation should be excluded. The BUND will ensure that the necessary details, which will be regulated in ordinances in the coming months, are expedient. Bandt: “We expect the EU Commission to critically examine the German GAP strategic plan and, if necessary, to make swift improvements by the new federal government.” More informationZur overview

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