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“Despite the budget cut that the Council of the EU gave to farmers last July, there are still those who want to impose more burdens and demands on them.” And the PP is going to position itself completely against a “radical” reform of the CAP. Those steps are being debated this week in the European Parliament and will be put to a vote on Friday. From the popular ranks they warn that now “is not the time to change the model” in the midst of the health, economic and social crisis.

This position is defended by Juan Ignacio Zoido. The MEP and former Interior Minister, comments to 20minutos that “it is essential that the agreement that had been reached be maintained.” It gives details: “The PP has yielded on some series of issues, but has managed to remain socialist and Renew to stay. Specific, the key is in the so-called eco-schemes, which basically consist of including agricultural and livestock policies that are careful with the environment.

Hereinafter, those eco-schemes will be mandatory and they would represent, according to the popular intentions, “30%”. This position is intermediate between the ideas that the parties had. The PP, like the Commission and the Council, bet “for 20%”, while socialists and liberals “were above 30%,” according to Zoido. “Such a high percentage is unfeasible,” he ends up saying.

“Efforts must be made, but little by little,” adds the MEP, who also warns that the CAP “is not one hundred percent environmental” and expresses that the current model “has been the one that has worked best” during the crisis: “There has been no lack of food at any time.” For the PP the important thing is that “prudence is imposed.”

“This week’s vote,” Zoido insisted in the plenary session this Tuesday, “is not just any vote; this week we decided on the future of those millions of farmers and their families, and on the quality products at reasonable prices on which they work and produce “.

The PP appeals to a wide recognition “Behind the CAP is the effort of generations, pride in what has been achieved over the years by parents, and the illusions so that the children can continue to earn a living in the field. Behind the CAP there are millions of citizens willing to give up their lives in the countryside to raise their family, to build a life project, “he said.

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