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Timmermans about Green Deal in agricultural plan: there was nothing more in it

EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans says 'there are as many as possible' Green Deal elements in the new agricultural policy as approved by the European Parliament yesterday. According to him, more was not feasible, and now it is the turn of the EU countries themselves

Timmermans says that it was not the Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski's fault that there are no 'environmental obligations' in the new CAP, but that it was mainly the 27 LNV ministers who prevented this. “And also to the prime ministers and government leaders who refused to whistle back at their agricultural ministers,” Timmermans told Dutch reporters on Wednesday afternoon in Strasbourg.

According to the Dutch Climate Commissioner, it is now mainly up to the 27 national governments to include environmental and climate measures in their national strategic plans. For the plans to succeed, all EU member states must draw up a strategic agricultural plan. The European Commission will check whether each plan meets the standards.

This will be difficult enough for the new Dutch cabinet, Timmermans expects. “In agricultural policy you will have to look closely at how you can reduce the use of pesticides by more than half. That should also be reflected in a coalition agreement.”

Moreover, the new cabinet will have to go a step further in the new climate policy. He warns that the new European Climate Law will lead to major changes. According to Timmermans, we will mainly see the effects of the EU climate plan in agriculture, construction and transport.

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