The Chairman of the Senate, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, attending the Interparliamentary meeting dedicated to the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy on Tuesday, pointed out that, following the new proposals of the European Commission, the budget allocated to traditional structural policies is under pressure.
“The Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy address the welfare of citizens and they are designed to combat the occurrence of divisions and the fragmentation effect between various regions of the EU. However, following the new proposals of the European Commission, we see that the budget allocated to traditional structural policies, meant to provide added value to our citizens, is under pressure. On the one hand, the budget allocated to the Common Agricultural Policy in the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework is significantly lower than the current one, and its share in the total budget of the EU drops to about 28.5%, compared to 37% in the current Framework. On the other hand, the ‘new delivery model’, presented as a reform of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy by the European Commission, seems to be firmly connected with the new Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027”, explained Tăriceanu, at the meeting organised by the Chamber of Deputies, in the context of the parliamentary dimension of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu said that, given the novelty factor and the budgetary reduction envisaged, it is useful to have a debate on the impact of these measures on the food safety and sovereignty of Europe, as well as on the ecological and territorial balance.
“With regard to the Cohesion Policy, a policy with positive effects appreciated by all Member States – from the Mediterranean borders to the East borders of the Union – the Commission has also proposed a reform included in the forthcoming long-term budget of the EU, which eventually leads to a reduction of the allocated funds. We are now analysing the pros and cons of these changes, as well as their long-term value for the uniform development of the Union”, he added.
The Chairman of the Senate reminded that, in its Resolution of 14 November 2018 on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the European Parliament stated its opposition to any reduction of the level of long-term EU policies already enshrined in treaties. In addition, the European Committee of the Regions rejected the proposal to reduce the budget for rural development by 28%, as it was considered contrary to the EU territorial cohesion objective, and opposed any reduction of the EU funds for the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020. Furthermore, in its opinion of 5 December 2018, it expressed its concern regarding the fact that the proposal of the Commission for the Multiannual Financial Framework provides for a considerable reduction of the Cohesion Fund.
Tăriceanu reminded that the motto of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU is “Cohesion, a common European value”, and that our country thus wishes to highlight the importance of a return to the fundamental objectives of the Community project.
“We therefore consider we should facilitate a prolonged and inclusive consultation to properly assess the impact on the existing disparities that the proposal of the European Commission to reduce the budget of the Cohesion Policy by 10% in real terms compared to the current Multiannual Financial Framework would have on regions and communities. It is up to the Member States, in consultation with the executive arm of the Union and with the European Parliament, to find solutions to maintain this budget at the level set for 2020, given that the Cohesion Policy is one of the most concrete policies of the EU, with an impact on citizens’ daily life”, he explained.
The Chairman of the Senate also called for adopting “all necessary precautionary measures” to prevent the repercussions that Brexit might have on farmers throughout the European Union. (AGERPRES)