Phil Hogan, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on 20 April 2018 stated that his top priority in the EU budget negotiation is "protecting the small and medium sized farmer who remains the backbone of Europe's food production and rural communities".
He highlighted how Brexit is blowing a EUR12 billion hole in the overall European budget, and the Common Agricultural Policy is an obvious target for cuts with other priorities such as security, migration and defence requiring support.
"But we need to be realistic: in the absence of more money from Member States, there will be a cut to the CAP budget. My job as I see it is to build the strongest possible coalition to resist the worst of these cuts, and achieve the best outcome in a difficult scenario. "The bottom line is that farmer income must continue to be supported – particularly our small and medium sized farmers. This is the role and duty of the CAP, as outlined in the EU founding treaties, and if we expect farmers to make a bigger contribution in relation to the climate challenge and other societal goals, they must be rewarded for that work. "For me this is about equity and fairness for our farmers, who provide our citizens with so many public goods."