The biggest farmers get the biggest subsidies. Despite various agricultural reforms with countless detailed changes in the past few decades, nothing has changed in the EU’s funding policy. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which will apply until 2027, will also get a little green at best. 20 to 25 percent of the funding should somehow benefit the environment.
We all know that the social flank in the EU is weak. And so it is not surprising that an adequate income for smallholders and employees is no longer in sight. The amazing thing about the agricultural reform, however, is that the current EU Commission has declared climate protection to be its most important task and that the CAP will blatantly violate the EU climate protection goals in the years to come. In addition to the transport sector, agriculture remains the area that has so far made practically nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is also unbelievable that the European Parliament, which likes to be green, simply waves the plans through.
Agricultural policy is a prime example of how successfully business lobbyists and conservative government officials prevent progress. Because the biggest farmers also have the biggest friends with influence.