Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen: the European Union must stop imposing greater burden in agricultural policy
EU agricultural policy should not impose new burdens on farmers, unless relaxation is made elsewhere.
Monday, the Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, has proposed the principle of a burden stop in the Common Agricultural Policy to his European ministerial colleagues at the Council meeting in Brussels. The proposal is based on a Danish model, in which a burden stop up to 2020 is to reduce administrative and financial burdens for the business community.
- Danish and European farmers are currently drowning in regulation and administration, and therefore I've tabled a proposal in Brussels on a burden stop in future agricultural policy. Each time new burdens are proposed on our farmers, relaxation should be made elsewhere, said Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen.
Specifically, the Danish proposal means that a burden stop must be incorporated as an element in strategic planning considered by the European Commission in connection with future agricultural policy.
The European Commission is currently working on the specific legal texts to the reform, and the Commission is expected to present its proposal for the future agricultural policy in May or June 2018.
The aim of the presentation is therefore to urge the Commission to include the burden stop in its future reform proposal. The European Council and the European Parliament will then have to negotiate on the basis of the Commission proposal, which according to plan will enter into force in 2021.
- There's a need to simplify agricultural policy, and a need to make the burden on this industry more visible to prevent farmers from drowning in rules and regulations. We now hope that the Commission will include the burden stop in its proposal. Then it'll be time for the long haul negotiations to introduce simpler rules for farmers, said Esben Lunde Larsen.
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