Offbeat France obtains the maintenance of the European agricultural budget of the overseas territories

23:25  30 november  2020
23:25  30 november  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The special territories of the European Union are 22 dependent territories of EU member states which, for historical, geographical, or political reasons

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the agricultural policy of the European Union. It implements a system of agricultural subsidies and other programmes.

L’agriculture des territoires ultramarins continuera à être soutenu comme ces dernières années par l’Union européenne (photo d’illustration). © archives Agriculture in overseas territories will continue to be supported as in recent years by the European Union (photo illustration).

The Special Committee for Agriculture (CSA) of the Council validated Monday the maintenance of the budget of "POSEI", after the agreement reached between the three European institutions on November 27th as part of the transitional measures of the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC). The budget level is maintained at 653 million euros per year. For France, this represents an annual envelope of 278 million euros.

The envelope of 278 million euros from the European agricultural budget devoted to French overseas territories will be maintained within the framework of the next common agricultural policy (CAP), the French Ministry of Agriculture said on Monday November 30 2020.

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Overview of aims, history and current rules of the common agricultural policy, supporting EU farmers and Europe ’s food security. The CAP is a common policy for all EU countries. It is managed and funded at European level from the resources of the EU’s budget .

Processing of farm products This category covers the processing of a primary agricultural product (produced on the farm or bought from outside) to a secondary product processed on the holding. Examples are meat processing, cheese, yoghurt or jam making, olive oil, cider, and fruit juices.

"The agreement in principle obtained on Friday, confirmed Monday by the Member States, ensures the maintenance at its current level of the POSEI envelope from which the French outermost regions benefit" , the ministry said in a press release Monday evening .

"option program specific to remoteness and insularity" (POSEI) is the variation of the first pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the nine outermost European regions, six of which are French : Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and Saint-Martin. The other three are the Azores and Madeira (Portugal) and the Canary Islands (Spain).

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278 million euros for French overseas territories

The annual budget for France for this program amounts to 278 million euros, benefiting in particular the sugar cane sector in Reunion Island and Guadeloupe.

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"At a time when the challenges that overseas agriculture must meet are more significant than ever with the Covid crisis, I welcome this maintenance of the POSEI budget, essential to strengthen the resilience of farms in the overseas departments. and food sovereignty in these territories ”, declared the Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie.

For Stéphane Bijoux MEP (LREM - Renew Europe), "this agreement is a victory for the farmers and breeders of Overseas France. Every day, with their families, they are committed to food autonomy and the development of sustainable agriculture in our territories. »

While they represent only 3.2% of the national population, these regions receive nearly a fifth of the European structural and investment funds allocated to France, or 3.9 billion euros for the period 2007-2013 and 4.8 billion for 2014-2020.

The next CAP will enter into force on January 1, 2022 or January 1, 2023, depending on the progress of ongoing negotiations. For the year 2021, the 2014-2020 CAP has been extended by one year, to give time for the 27 Member States to agree on the largest European budget, while carrying out Brexit.

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