Alun Davies, making sure the interests of Welsh farmers are being strongly represented at the Agriculture Council, has given the new proposals a warm welcome. This will allow farmers participating in the All Wales Element of Glastir to qualify automatically for the 30% greening aspect of their direct payment.
Speaking from Brussels where he was attending the Council as part of the UK Ministerial delegation, Mr Davies said the European Commission's new plans for greening were a big step in the right direction.
The Deputy Minister said:
"I am pleased that today's meeting has shown that negotiations are moving forward to benefit the industry in Wales.
"I have been negotiating long and hard for farmers in Glastir to be exempt from the greening proposals under pillar 1 and it is now crystal clear that this is paying off. I am also grateful to the Welsh Government officials and our Brussels office who have worked so hard on this.
"The Agriculture European Commissioner, Dacian Ciolos, said that champions at greening under agri-environment should be rewarded, and I certainly share that view."
Mr Ciolos presented a "concept paper" to Member States that offered a shift in his earlier thinking that will benefit parts of the UK.
Mr Davies said:
"Negotiating CAP reform will be a long but vital process- there is a long way to go and I will stay closely engaged at every level and at every opportunity.
"Representing the needs of Welsh farmers in Europe is a commitment in the Welsh Government's Programme For Government, and I will continue to deliver on this promise."