Less EU funds proposed for Polish agriculture: report

Poland stands to get less funds for agriculture from Brussels under a new budget plan unveiled on Friday, according to reports.
Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, holds a press conference on Common Agricultural Policy at the European Commission in Brussels on Friday. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQPhil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, holds a press conference on Common Agricultural Policy at the European Commission in Brussels on Friday. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Poland will receive around EUR 18.9 billion in funds for direct payments to farmers and EUR 8.2 billion in rural development funds from EU coffers from 2021 to 2027 if the plan unveiled by the European Commission is approved by member states, the PAP news agency reported.

The EU executive on Friday proposed a new, slimmer budget for the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, according to PAP.

Poland would see its pool of direct payment funds reduced by about 1 percent and it would receive roughly 25 percent less funds for rural development under the proposal, PAP reported.

The European Commission earlier this week proposed less cohesion policy funds for Poland under the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget, according to public broadcaster Polish Radio.

The proposed cuts in the new EU budget are in part due to the impending exit of the United Kingdom from the bloc and new spending priorities such as defence policy and migration, Polish Radio has reported.

(gs/pk)

Source: PAP/IAR

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