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The green transition is necessary, but in order for it to be fair and efficient, the reduction in farmers' incomes must be compensated with appropriate funding, the Minister of Agriculture, Maria Panagiotou, said in her intervention at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, which took place on Monday in Brussels. which also presented a series of proposals from the Republic of Cyprus, which will be considered together with the proposals of all the member states.

“I am here also expressing the demands of the farmers of my country”, said Mrs. Panagiotou, emphasizing that the farmers of Cyprus “are involved in a vital sector” and that for this “we must provide them with the necessary tools to food production, protecting the environment and rural areas, as well as securing their income”.

“The green transition is necessary, but to be fair and efficient, we should contribute to the smooth adjustment of our farmers, compensating for the reduction of their incomes with appropriate financing”, he stressed.

The debate focused on a quick and structural response to the crisis in the agricultural sector, amid protests on the streets of Brussels near the EU Council building. Agriculture Ministers gave political guidance on measures that need to be implemented, and admitted that “farmers' demands it is not enough for them to be heard, but they need to be put in the context of short-term, medium-term and long-term measures of practical support”, according to the announcement.

The proposals submitted by Cyprus to diversify the Common Agricultural Policy include, as noted in the announcement, Short-term proposals to reduce the administrative burden borne by farmers, Medium-term and long-term proposals to simplify and provide flexibility in the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy, Additional support for farmers for ensuring the implementation of the EU's green transition and environmental policy.

They also include ensuring flexible procedures for amending the Strategic Plans to meet the needs of farmers and the particularities of the Member States, easing the commitments and excluding small farmers in the context of the application of regionalism and

further support for farmers, with the introduction of a new measure granting temporary emergency aid to those affected by internal or external crises.

Finally, Ms. Panayiotou expressed her satisfaction that in his reports after the Council, Agriculture Commissioner Janus Wojciechovski also included suggestions submitted by the Republic of Cyprus.

In the context of his work Council, the Commission presented the mandatory use of the digital 'CATCH' system to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Ms. Panagiotou supported the Commission's effort to promote the use of CATCH by third countries as an action that will have a positive impact on ensuring a level playing field.

Source: KYPE

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