Under the new CAP there is the opportunity for Member States to provide for an increased Complimentary Redistributive Income Support for Sustainability (CRISS). It is dependent on the Member State providing a budget of substance and will we maintain require at least 6%
of the Pillar 1 budget. This payment should be made on the first 10 hectares and possibly up to the first 20ha depending on the final budget. There has been a good deal of discussion on the possibility of farmers on small holdings on high value entitlements loosing out under convergence. This option can help protect those farmers.
In relation to defining an active farmer it is concerning how some of the proposed definitions outlines details of income tests and production assessments that could exclude part-time farmers from CAP payments. This cannot happen.
On Natura 2000 lands (SAC & SPA) which based on the EU’s Nature Fitness Check are delivering between €2-3bn annually to the economy the total annual payment through GLAS of €6m is insulting and must be addressed in the new CAP. Article 67 allows for a specific payment on these lands and we are calling for a payment of €150/ha on all Natura lands in recognition of the burden that has being imposed on them. This payment should be seen as separate to any management payment which can be made through an agri-environmental
It would be important that a Farm Retirement option would be available in circumstances where a clear farm succession plan would be put in place. This is a critical component if we are to have young talent enter farming.