Bulgarian Farmers to Receive EUR 7 B in EU Direct Payments by 2020
Bulgarian farmers will get EUR 7 B in EU direct payments by 2020, according to Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev
Speaking Friday in Parliament, Donchev made clear that the average amount of the direct payments for Bulgaria was nearly 90% of the EU average, adding that 9 countries had lower amounts of such payments, including the UK, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia.
Donchev also presented a schedule for EU payments in the agriculture sector.
He argued that Bulgaria’s direct payments allocation had been increased by EUR 2 B from the previous programming period to a rate of EUR 7 B in the 2014-2020 programming period.
Donchev stated that stockbreeders and fruit and vegetable producers would see an increase in subsidies.
He drew attention to the high rate of absorption of EU funds in the sphere of agriculture.
Meanwhile, Miglena Alexandrova, MP from nationalist party Ataka, insisted that Bulgarian farmers had been receiving substantially lower subsidies that their counterparts from other EU countries ever since Bulgaria’s EU accession.
She pointed out that this made Bulgarian producers uncompetitive on the EU market and insisted that Bulgarian farmers receive equal subsidies to those paid to agricultural workers across the EU.
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Sure - when Bulgarian workers get the same salaries as those across the EU. Bigger subsidies merely means bigger profits for the large agri-businesses that are such good supporters of the political elite and nothing to the little guy. In fact, increasing the grants available for equipment further reduces the levels of employment in the villages.