Common Agricultural Policy funds cannot be lower - Polish president

Addressing a joint briefing with EC Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski, President Duda said that Poland wanted to maintain a very high quality of Polish agriculture. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday that Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds could not be lower than to date and declared that this was a common position of all the countries of Poland's part of Europe.

The president also said that Poland wanted EU subsidies for Polish farmers to be equal to the EU average.

Addressing a joint briefing with EC Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski, President Duda said that Poland wanted to maintain a very high quality of Polish agriculture.

Following a meeting with the agriculture ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania and Poland, President Duda recalled that the EU was now working on the new 2021-2027 budget and that CAP funds would also be agreed upon during the ongoing negotiations.

The president also noted that agriculture was now facing new challenges resulting from environmental and climate protection, and that the interests of producers and customers must be secured.

According to President Duda, farmers in Poland and in our part of Europe should have good development conditions as well as access to good infrastructure. He added that the Polish countryside should keep the foundations it is based on, namely, its traditions and cultures. "This is what the Common Agricultural Policy should also serve," he said.

Referring to subsidies for Polish farmers, the president repeated that Polish farmers should not receive less than the EU average. "Even though this difference stands at ca. EUR 21 per hectare, we also want this gap to be closed," he noted.

President Duda said he was very glad the agriculture ministers he met were acting together, looking not only at their own farmers but being also aware of our common situation and common interests. "We should implement a common strategy," Duda added.

He also expressed his gratitude to Commissioner Wojciechowski for coming to Poland "to listen to farmers from our part of Europe."