For the first time CAP makes a selection of the direct payments recipients to guarantee more spending-equity supporting”active farmers” only.
2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy, according to the definition released by the European Commission, states 2 main requirements to be a beneficiary of the European funds. Non-active farmers are people or groups of people in one of the two following conditions:
1- The total annual amount of the direct payments in under 5% of the total revenue resulting from non-agricultural activities;
2- Agricultural areas are mainly used for pasturage
Those who received less than 5.000Euro of direct payments during the previous year are excluded from the requirements.
Anyway the European Commission proposal appears to be poorly selective because it does not include in the definition of “active farmers” all those who received less than 5.000euro of direct payments, 88% of the Italian farmers (part-time and retired workers too)
European Parliament and Counsil focuse on the CAP list of excluded beneficiaries like transport companies, airports, real estate companies, mining companies or other non-agricultural companies; they wish for more flexibility and cooperation to identify all the beneficiaries who still have to respond the following requirements:
– Their agricultural areas must be naturally maintained for pasturage and cultivation but still active at a minimum level:
– Their agricultural activities only represent a small part of the total economic activity
The definition of “active farmers” is on its way to become a real requirement and aimed at reviewing the agricultural spending; it also represents a way to support those farmers who contribute to the prosperity of the country.