The EU's new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP 2023-2027) was agreed after extensive negotiations and came into force at the beginning of the year 2023. In line with the "European Green Deal," it aims to support the transition to sustainable agriculture across the EU. On 7 November 2023, Aaron Scheid of Ecologic Institute will give a presentation on the climate performance of the CAP, how much climate mitigation is in the German CAP strategic plan, and what action is needed for a more climate-friendly agricultural policy in Germany.
55 billion a year is available for the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP). That is currently 31 percent of the EU's total budget. An incredible amount of money, with a lot of potential for a sustainable agriculture. The CAP regulates the distribution subsidies that go into the agricultural sector and decides how our food is produced. It aims to support producers and the development of rural regions, while contributing to the sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity and climate mitigation.
A total of 40 percent of CAP funds are to be spent on climate mitigation. The specific requirements of the CAP are implemented through national strategic plans within the EU member stats, that addresses local needs and circumstances.