TALLINN – Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs Arvo Aller via video call on Tuesday met with German Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Julia Klockner and emphasized that Estonia is concerned about securing the financing of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
"The new presidency of the Council of the European Union, which begins on July 1, will not be easy for Germany, as the presidency will have to deal with the crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus, among other issues. I am pleased that, in addition to the pandemic crises, we were also able to talk about important issues from a rural and agricultural perspective," Aller said in a press release.
The minister noted that one of the important concerns for Estonia is to ensure the financing of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which must be brought in line with the expectations and obligations placed on agriculture. "There is a clear need to quickly reach an agreement on the budget for the next period and move towards harmonization of direct payments," he added.
"As a problem, we highlighted the need for equal treatment of small-scale coastal fishing and inland fishing," Aller said. "We also want the possibility of increasing quota transfers due to difficult times in the fish market," he added.