Drought in Europe: Member States agree on support measures proposed by the Commission

drought 19

(Anton Ivanchenko l

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.


Member States today agreed to a series of support measures proposed by the Commissionto ease the financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals.

Agriculture and rural development Commissioner Phil Hogan said: “Since the beginning of the extreme climatic events, we have been closely following the situation and are ready to support our farmers. The Commission has been in close contact with all Member States throughout, and we have reacted swiftly when necessary. These measures should relieve European farmers financially and protect them against a shortage of fodder for their livestock.”

The actions Member States agreed on today in a committee meeting include the possibility for higher advance payments and several exceptional derogations on greening rules to help farmers provide sufficient feed for their animals. Affected farmers will be able to receive a higher percentage of their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments to improve their cash flow. This includes:

  • Receiving up to 70% of their direct payments as of mid-October;
  • And receiving 85% of their rural development payments as soon as the package of measures  is formally adopted at the beginning of September.

Derogations to certain greening rules will also be allowed to increase the availability of feed. This includes the possibility to:

  • Consider land lying fallow as a distinct crop or as an ecological focus area even though it has been grazed or harvested;
  • Sow ‘catch crops’ as ‘pure crops’ (and not a mixture of crops as currently prescribed) if intended for grazing or fodder production;
  • Shorten the 8-week minimum period for ‘catch crops’ to allow arable farmers to sow their winter crops in a timely manner after their ‘catch crops’.

 

Next steps

Following today’s decision, this package of measures should be formally adopted at the beginning of September.

The Commission will continue to be in contact with all Member States regarding the impact of droughts.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Hate speech exacerbating societal, racial tensions with ‘deadly consequences around the world’, say UN experts

Ben Stiller’s new role, more about hope than humour, as he’s named Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

Germany is trying to rescue its fabled forests from climate change

COP21 Breaking News_10 December: UN Climate Chief Calls for Final Push to Meet Adaptation Fund Goal Very Close to Target

Three ways Finland leads the world – and education isn’t one of them

Guinea-Bissau spotlights threats of organized crime, Sahel terrorism in speech to UN Assembly

India’s future as a world power depends on 4 key relationships

Right2Water initiative: Is the Commission ready to listen to citizens?

“Beyond the beach: tackling plastic pollution upstream”, a Sting Exclusive by Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

Roxane in Cambodia

Will Eurozone be able to repay its debts? Is a bubble forming there?

UN Security Council calls for South Sudan leaders to speed up action on peace deal

The EU stops being soft with 10 Downing Street about Brexit

Releasing trapped value is key to success in the digital world

Under-fives’ daily screen time should be kept to 60 minutes only, warns WHO

Scores killed in ‘barbaric’ attack on Mali village, UN chief urges restraint, calls for ‘dialogue’ to resolve tensions

A new crop of EU ‘Boards’ override the democratic accountability and undermine the EU project

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “It is the implementation, Stupid!”, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble points the finger to Greece from Davos

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: 195 countries adopt the First Universal Climate Agreement

ITU Telecom World 2016: it’s all about working together

Ten reasons to be optimistic in 2019

Europe faces economic turmoil as Italy gets closer to the Excessive Debt Procedure

Intel, Almunia and 1 billion euros for unfair potatoes

Mario Draghi quizzed for last time by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee

Main results of European Council of 18/10/2018

Promoting gender equality a ‘crucial contribution’ in effort to restore, protect our planet’s oceans

The Europeans back Russia-Turkey on Syria: A ‘Waterloo’ for Saudis and their Crown Prince

Texting is a daily source of stress for 1/3 of people – are you one of them?

Humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world, warns UN

2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health 21-23 February 2017 in Sri Lanka

AI will drive the societies of the future. Will the governed consent?

How venture capital can transform global health

What Ghana can teach us about integrating refugees

Moves to create a Kosovo army have ‘deteriorated relations’ with Serbia: UN peacekeeping chief

UN urges ‘maximum restraint’ as Israel-Hamas tensions rise over rocket attack

Privatization and public health: a question of Human Rights

Climate change is a disruptor. Here’s how to harness it for innovation

Across the world, women outlive men. This is why

Civilian death toll continues to mount in Syria, UN relief chief tells Security Council

China is picking up the fight against rare diseases

When it comes to envirotech adoption, NGOs can lead us out of the woods

UN experts cite ‘possible exploitation’ of workers hired to clean up toxic Japanese nuclear plant

Will the EU reconsider Frontex’s role in light of accusations about violations of migrants’ human rights?

ECB’s billions fortify south Eurozone except Greece; everybody rushes to invest in euro area bonds zeroing their yields

Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions

UN General Assembly President upholds value of multilateralism in speech closing annual debate

Gender parity can boost economic growth. Here’s how

How tech can help businesses balance profit and purpose

New round of bargaining for the 2014 EU budget late in autumn

More women in Latin America are working, but gender gap persists, new UN figures show

International partners pledge $1.2 billion to help cyclone-hit Mozambique recover, ‘build back better’

Border management: EU signs agreement with Montenegro on European Border and Coast Guard cooperation

Making money from meeting the SDGs? An overarching approach to sustainable development.

Who is to lose from the 6-month extension of the EU economic sanctions against Russia?

Thursday’s Daily Brief: ambulance attack in Libya, #GlobalGoals defenders, human rights in Cambodia, Swine Fever

Direction Wakanda: finance methods to make Africa a superhero continent

Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders

More electric cars on EU roads by 2030

Can Eurozone’s uncertain growth answer the challenges that lie ahead?

Music is a vital urban resource. How do we plan for it?

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s