• • • Collaboration to maintain output-based agricultural funding
At the session of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 18 March in Brussels, Hungary requested that output-based funding be maintained at their current level or even increased in the period following 2020 in a joint statement with Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
“The European Commission’s proposal, according to which the direct funding budget due to Hungary would reduce output-based funding from its current level of 13+2 percent to 10+2 percent, is an obvious step backwards. Maintaining the level of this funding is of fundamental importance to the suitable financing and competitive maintenance of labour-intensive sectors such an animal husbandry and horticulture”, head of the Hungarian delegation Minister of State or Rural Development Miklós Kis said following the session.
“Hungary has an interest in the adoption of a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) through which Hungarian farmers can apply for and receive the funding to which they are due in the easiest possible manner. However, assuring this requires the significant amendment of the European Commission’s current proposal”, Mr. Kis stressed.