The 20 cent bonus on the price of fuel, approved by the government, has a possible extension, as confirmed by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, who confirms the possibility of expanding this assistance in Spain. after June. This is what the minister said in a recorded interview that was broadcast this Saturday to the Public Radio of Castile-La Mancha, in which he acknowledged that although no decision has been made in the government on this matter, follow-up measures are being taken. to make a decision in this regard, the evolution of prices and the behavior of the industry is observed.
“Obviously, this aid of 20 cents per liter it was importantbut we are following the evolution, as the first vice president said a few days ago, and we are going to look into the situation,” Planas said, noting that “no government decision“, but the evolution of prices is monitored. “We look at the behavior of the private sector itself, that is, the large distribution companies, and how they cooperate so that these 20 cents effectively reach each interested party,” he said.
In any case, he pointed out that the forecasts of the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission show that oil and gas prices are stabilizing, which may even decrease in the second half of the year. With regard to livestock, he announced that direct assistance to dairy cattle could be paid in the second half of May from what could be provided farmers a package of 169 million euros taken over by the Governing Council.
Regarding the entry into force of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2023, he acknowledged that the current food emergency some environmental commitments may be suspended or delayed ESP reforms. Planas explained that Europe needs to be ambitious to meet environmental challenges in 10, 20 or 30 years, and elaborated that the FAO states that “the world’s usable agricultural area has not increased, it has decreased due to soil erosion, and I think we need to be clear on this.”
Spain, along with France and Germany, are proposing a timetable for environmental compliance that should be in line with the current situation, Planas said, adding that “in Spain and in Europe no food problems“But you have to have a broader vision and think about what could be in North Africa, the Middle East, Latin America or Asia. He pointed out that it is clear that the green orientation of the ESP is politically correct, but it must be seen “who periods and calendars in which it is applied.”
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