M. Kucinskis: It is important for Latvia to be able to save agriculture in the Latgale region

 Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis met with Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, on Thursday, October 5th.

During the meeting, M. Kucinskis pointed out that Latvia has a strong European Union (EU), including the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with adequate funding.

Latvia has an important EU support for rural development, which would allow further development of rural areas, which are currently significantly behind the average level of rural development in the EU. The rural areas, especially in the vicinity of the EU's external borders, are a security issue for both Latvia and the EU as a whole.

Although in the current financial programming period Latvia receives more CAP funding than before, our overall CAP funding is still the lowest among EU Member States. The Prime Minister stressed that Latvian farmers are expecting the financing to be balanced in order to finally ensure equal conditions of competitiveness for farmers from all EU Member States. When setting direct payment envelopes, updated reference indicators for the area of ‚Äč‚Äčagricultural land should be used. Agricultural land in Latvia is growing faster than in most other EU Member States. 

Both officials agreed that direct payments to farmers in the EU should finally be well-balanced, and that agricultural policy needs to be adequately funded.

During the meeting, the issue of recent damage caused by floods to Latvian farmers was highlighted. Due to the damage caused by the Obelisk, an emergency situation has been announced in 29 counties of Latvia. The government and the Saeima have taken several decisions to eliminate the consequences of the flood.

"In recent years, thanks to agriculture, the Latgale region has succeeded in improving the economic situation, so it is important that this region is supported in order for agriculture to be preserved," said M. Kucinskis.

 

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