A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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European agriculture as the backbone of Europe

October 27, 2014


European agriculture is going through significant turmoil: The Russian embargo is still a burden, especially regarding the budget responses to be made much to the disappointment of European farmers, and the negotiations on the transatlantic partnership are continuing with some genuine concerns regarding its impact on European agriculture. Lastly, the approaching elimination of milk quotas in 2015 is raising questions on the best way to prepare for it.

It is in this anxiety-provoking background that the COPA-COGECA held its convention on October 7. It also provided an opportunity to emphasize the value of maintaining family farms, and the strategic scope of agriculture for food security, economic growth and employment.

The convention also presented some figures concerning European agriculture, which is still too often perceived as an adjustment variable. Conversely, these numbers should plead for preserving and promoting European agricultural activities. Agriculture alone accounts for 26 million jobs and feeds over 500 million European consumers. In addition, the EU agricultural output represents over €400 billion, and agro-food exports account for 75 percent of the EU net trade balance.

Given the situation, it should not be necessary to prove to Brussels leaders the relevance of a policy that provides farmers with answers to market and climate hazards as well as international competitiveness. Yet such is not the case: The structure of beliefs in Brussels still has to be shaken. The COPA-COGECA conference thus called for:
    - The implementation of effective tools, through the promotion of agricultural cooperatives to better deal with the extreme market volatility;

    - Ensuring the common nature of the new CAP and the reduction of administrative costs;

    - The allocation of additional funds to the CAP budget in times of crisis.
Beyond these needed emergency measures, it is even more urgent to initiate concrete reforms to deal with the future challenges of European agriculture. It is with this in mind that momagri advocates a new strategic direction for the 2020 CAP, which would be re-engineered around a countercyclical scheme that would stabilize incomes and would not cost more than now… while being largely compatible with the European commitments to the WTO.


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