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 role of the cooperative model in the future
2014-2020 CAP

April 15, 2013

Tripartite negotiations––also called “trilogues”––including the Parliament, the Commission and the Council, opened on April 11 in Brussels, and concerned the fate of the future 2014-2020 CAP. The three bodies must now reach a compromise to give a new framework to the policy that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. This last round at the negotiating table is scheduled to end on June 20, and provides an opportunity for European agricultural unions and operators to speak out and influence the decision-making process. Even if this might represent a symbolic gesture opposite a CAP that is already plagued by projected budget cuts: the overall budget set by the Council of heads of state dwindles to €373.4 billion for 2014-2020––an 12.6 percent decline––from €420.6 billion for the 2007-2013 period.

Among the many pleas, we note the Copa-Cogeca’s request which, amid other hopes and recommendations, urges Brussels to include in the future CAP the conclusions of a new European Commission’s report corroborating the benefits of cooperatives enterprises for farmers. In fact, these conclusions indicate, “when cooperatives hold a significant market share, price levels in a given area, price levels can increase for farmers, and volatility can be lessened.” As pointed out by the group of European unions and cooperatives, this last point is of particular importance since agricultural market volatility “represents one of the key challenges currently faced by farmers.”

Putting back agriculture and farmers at the heart of European strategic issues by strengthening the organizations and systems that safeguard its sustainability and competitiveness should be the objective of the “trilogues” now being held in Brussels.

The cooperative model continues to demonstrate its economic effectiveness in the context of latent crisis and current “purely financial” aspect. Without being a substitute for required regulatory mechanisms to fight price hyper-volatility, pulling together to expand, and thus get improve access to markets, is a solution that proves its effectiveness. It is easier to understand the reasons why the Copa-Cogeca wants to reconsider the positive role of cooperatives for farmers in the future CAP.
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