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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The Franco-German tandem again expresses wishes
“for a vibrant rural community” and “a vibrant Europe”

January 28, 2013

In a joint statement released on January 21, 2013 at the commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll and his German counterpart Ilse Aigner pointed out that “agriculture is a pillar of the European understanding.”

Agriculture is also a strategic sector for both the French and German economies. Although agriculture only represents one percent German GDP, it remains as essential as any other economic activity. Yet, many shortcomings exist. Just to name a few, while Germany’s agro-food exports exceeded France’s exports in 2007 (from €30 billion in 2001 to close to €60 billion in 2011), Berlin still largely relies on agricultural imports, since Germany still posts a €10 billion deficit. France, for its part, still ranks as Europe’s largest agricultural power with 18.9 percent of European production, but is gradually becoming less competitive.

The Franco-German partnership is especially critical in the European discussions, including the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. One of the urgent issues concerns the 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework (MFF) that will be the subject of the upcoming European Summit on February 7 and 8. In all likelihood, France and Germany should reach a compromise, whereas a Franco-German lack of agreement was one of the reasons for the failure of the past European Summit on November 22 and 23, 2012. François Hollande acknowledged, “A share of the responsibility for the success of this budget lies in France’s and Germany’s hands.” For her part, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that Berlin and Paris “will present joint proposals on the multi-annual financial framework.” This should also apply to the CAP reform. The share to be allocated to the agricultural budget is still very much unknown, at a time when the allocation––currently 40 percent of the E.U. budget––should be adjusted downwards for the years 2014 to 2020.

In 1962, the Franco-German tandem was one of the driving forces for the first CAP. Will it be the same for the post-2013 CAP, whose stakes are critical for the future of European agriculture?
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