Wojciechowski wants more EU money for agriculture, but only after 2027

Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski believes that the EU should allocate more money for new European agricultural policy, more than four years from now, after 2027. He made his statement on Tuesday, on the eve of the presentation (Wednesday) of new structural agreements on European budgets.

Wojciechowski believes that agricultural policy 2027 – 2032 should not make the same mistake as in the current cap, where the financial room for maneuver was determined first, and then the tasks. Wojciechowski thinks it should be the other way around. 

He said that while the current European Commission wants to draw up the first frameworks for innovation, decisions are left to the new Commission. European elections will be held at the beginning of 2024, and a new European Commission will be formed at the end of 2024.

Wojciechowski says that from 2027, agricultural policy must do more to counteract the still declining number of farms in the EU countries, and to attract more young farmers. His public statements on Tuesday, prior to the official presentation, indicate that apparently no financial agreements have yet been made for the renewal of the CAP after 2027.

Finance Minister Sigrid Kaag expects an "exciting period of negotiations" on new European fiscal rules. Those rules (budget deficit not exceeding 3 percent of GDP; government debt not exceeding 60 percent) were temporarily suspended shortly after the start of the corona pandemic.

The European Commission wants to restore the so-called Stability and Growth Pact in 2024, but with the necessary adjustments and improvements.