MEPs agree mandate on farming subsidies

Irish Times | Oct 23, 2020 at 9:37 PM
  • The design of the EU’s huge agricultural subsidies programme for the next seven years came a step closer on Friday as the European Parliament formed a common position in a crunch week of debates and votes.
  • MEPs concluded voting on the bulk of the legislation that forms the Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) , a lifeline for farmers that is expected to account for over a third of the bloc’s budget from 2021 to 2027.
  • In the talks the parliament negotiators will now push for policies including increased sanctions on farmers who fail to comply with EU requirements, tweaks to the subsidy model to reduce payments to larger farms, and supports to young farmers.