The European New Green Deal, the main priority of the Von der Leyen Commission, can be a chance for the whole European and Polish agriculture, because it foresees a series of actions dedicated to smaller family farms. The New Green Deal is also a chance for Polish companies which have much to offer in terms of new technologies, ex. precision farming.
Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski
The Citizens’ Dialogue with Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski in Nadarzyn (near Warsaw) on 1st February 2020 focused on the Common Agricultural Policy, European Green Deal and European funds for innovation and technology in agriculture. For 240 participants, mostly interested farmers and inhabitants of rural areas, it was a great occasion to ask several questions.
The Citizens’ Dialogue in Nadarzyn was a part of Central Agricultural Trade Fair and “Rural Poland” Conference, dedicated to future challenges for Polish and European farming. It was a also good opportunity for the Commissioner to present his agenda for the mandate of the Von der Leyen Commission. He underlined, that although the appointment as Commissioner for agriculture came as a surprise to him, it was a great success of the Polish diplomacy at the European level.
Mr Commissioner also commented on the challenges related to the climate change: "The European New Green Deal, the main priority of the Von der Leyen Commission, can be a chance for the whole European and Polish agriculture, because it foresees a series of actions dedicated to smaller family farms. The New Green Deal is also a chance for Polish companies which have much to offer in terms of new technologies, ex. precision farming.
During my meetings with representatives of Member States I always underline that since we require more efforts from farmers, we want them to be more ecologically conscious, the CAP and its budget need to be more approachable to farmers. There is a need for more financial support to buy, use and develop eco-friendly technologies."
During the discussion, the Commissioner mentioned Brexit: Brexit is a sad event, the EU loses a very important Member State, a big net-contributor, but also a huge market. […] Consequences for agriculture include, among others, damaging consequences for the EU economy – but we are still unaware of their scope.
The participants asked mostly on the European funds for agriculture and agricultural subsidies, development of the eco-friendly farming, possible actions to support village leaders and rural women associations.
The event in Nadarzyn was part of a series of Citizens' Dialogues that involve the whole European Commission and take place in all EU Member States.
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