MEASURES&IMPACTS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS: process still ongoing for the wine sector
There is an arm wrestling match between the European Commission and the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament on delegated acts for exceptional market measures for the wine sector. MEPs objected to one of the acts in order to obtain more ambitious support, notably for the wine and fruit and vegetable sectors. The Commission announced that it would propose a new act “before the summer” and before Parliament takes a final position of rejection (or not) at its July plenary session.
Concerning Covid direct aid which could be financed by EAFRD balances, ComAgri members also voted to increase the funding ceiling for the measure to 2% of the total EAFRD of each Member State, as opposed to the 1% proposed by the EC.
As part of the revival of the agricultural and agri-food sectors, the recovery plan unveiled by the European Commission includes €15 billion to boost the rural development fund, and the revised MFF allocates an additional €5 billion to the second pillar and €4 billion to the first pillar (€2018) that the Commission’s proposal of June 2018. As a reminder, the CAP 2021-2027 budget proposed by the committee shows a slight increase in current euros (and a decrease of 34 billion in constant euros, taking into account the non-integration of inflation).
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