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A deal on the new Common Agricultural Policy has been reached in the Agriculture and Fisheries Council during a marathon round of discussions, István Nagy, the minister of agriculture, has said. He said after “a big battle” during two-and-a-half days of talks in Luxembourg, the agreement reached would determine financial support and the conditions for production of Hungarian agriculture in the 2023-2027 period and ensure its competitive development. “The good news for livestock and arable farmers is that direct funding and transitional national subsidies will be maintained,” he said. Nagy told MTI that a proposal that would have made conditions impossible for small farmers was narrowly avoided, and the majority of member states rejected it. He added that the new deal would balance safeguarding the environment against the needs of competitive production of Hungarian farmers.