Baltijas valstu lauksaimnieki asā vēstulē EK prasa taisnīgu lauksaimniecības politiku

Mr. José Manuel Barroso

President

Mrs. Catherine Ashton

        Vice-President

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Mrs. Viviane Reding

        Vice-President

Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

Mr. Joaquín Almunia

      Vice-President

Commissioner for Competition

Mr. Siim Kallas

        Vice-President

Commissioner for Transport

Mrs. Neelie Kroes

                                                                                                                   Vice-President

Commissioner for Digital Agenda

Mr. Antonio Tajani

        Vice-President

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

Mr. Maroš Šefčovič

        Vice-President

Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration

Mr. Janusz Lewandowski

Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget

Mr. Dacian Cioloş

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr. Andris Piebalgs

Commissioner for Development

Mr. Algirdas Šemeta

Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud

            Mr. Janez Potočnik

Commissioner for Environment

Mr. Olli Rehn

Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs

Mr. Michel Barnier

Commissioner for Internal Market and Services

Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

Mr. Karel De Gucht

Commissioner for Trade

Mr. John Dalli

Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy

Mrs. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

Mrs. Maria Damanaki

Commissioner for Maritime affairs and fisheries

Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva

Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response

Mr. Günther Oettinger

Commissioner for Energy

Mr. Johannes Hahn

Commissioner for Regional Policy

Mrs. Connie Hedegaard

Commissioner for Climate Action

Mr. Štefan Füle

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy

Mr. László Andor

Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Mrs. Cecilia Malmström

Commissioner for Home Affairs

 

Dear President, Vice-Presidents and Commissioners!

In response to the Commission’s budget proposal made public 29/06/2011, leaders of non-governmental organisations in agriculture of all Baltic States organized a meeting in Latvia, during which they discussed the position of the Baltic States farmers on the CAP reform after 2013.

As earlier expressed by the Baltic Farmer’s NGO, direct payments of the Common Agricultural Policy have to be reviewed, since they are no longer a compensation for the decline of market price support. The existing system of direct payments based on historical references rather inhibits further developments of the Common Agricultural Policy, since it distorts competition within the EU and slows down the restructuring of the agricultural sector.

 The Baltic farmer’s organisations will continue to emphasize that future direct payment system must be based on objective criteria that characterizes the actual situation, namely, agricultural area utilised for farming, GDP per capita, costs for agriculture production. The Commission’s proposed principles for fair and equitable distribution of funding and adjustment of direct payments are contrary to the aspects of objectivity. The proposal of Commission does not change the system of direct payments and does not solve the issue of unfairness and inequality, since it means that after 2013 the EU support will still be distributed according to historical and out-dated criteria that does not characterize the actual situation and thus there will still be Member States that receive inadequately low support. The proposal does not ensure fair and equitable support for farmers in form of direct payments among EU Member States, which will continue the existing inequitable situation and further negatively affect the competiveness among farmers of certain EU member states.

The Baltic farmer’s organisation expressed the official appeal of the Baltic States for the COPA – COGECA at the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Commission to speak in favour of a fair CAP reform after 2012.

The position of the management of the Baltic Farmers’ organizations is firm – the CAP after 2013 shall be fair and without distorting a mutual competition. The direct support for the farmers of all the EU member states should not be less than 90% of the EU average. Expenditure level of the Baltics in agriculture is very close to the level of expenditure of other EU countries (except for some expenses, for instance, labour, rent), while the direct payments rate in the Baltic States is the lowest. The Baltic States cannot accept the model of gradual adjustment of direct payments. The EU budget framework for the next seven years shall ensure progressive changes also in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy by providing a methodology for elaboration of a fair system for area payments.

Unequal support payments of CAP not only affect the competitiveness of the Baltic States, but they are also threatening the availability of labour power in the Baltic States – people from the Baltic rural areas are leaving the countryside to work for the farmers in another EU states.

We call the Commission to express its position on how it sees the opportunity to equalize the competition among the farmers from the European countries already 2014, thus strengthening the confidence in the new member states that the European Union is treating all countries equally.

Looking forward to fruitful cooperation and fair solutions for all farmers of the European Union.

Sincerely Yours,

Juris Lazdiņš

President of Latvian Farmer’s Parliament, on behalf of Estonian, Lithuanian and Latvian farmer’s organisations

Annex n1.

Declaration of Baltic States agriculture organizations call for support