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WORKSHOP COPA-COGECA/ MOMAGRI:
HOW TO ADDRESS PRICE VOLATILITY
UNDER A FUTURE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY?

June 20, 2016


The conclusions of COPA-COGECA’s workshop entitled “Main challenges for a future CAP” that took place on 13th May 2016 highlighted a number of areas that should be further discussed. One of these is price volatility.

Copa and Cogeca, along with the think tank, Momagri, therefore decided to organise a workshop in the afternoon of 27th June to debate how to address price volatility under a future CAP.

Price volatility was rather moderate until recent years and farmers managed to cope. However, this volatility has recently became excessive, with price peaks and troughs in short periods of time. This places farmers in a fragile situation, in which they have no tools to address the problem. Market imbalances and uncertainties, coupled with geopolitical constraints have created a critical market situation in the EU, and one that affects several sectors too (e.g. milk, pigmeat, fruit & vegetables, cereals).

In addition, energy prices and input costs (e.g. fertilisers) have also had an impact on market volatility.

These, as well as other factors, have placed price volatility at the very top of the agenda. The speakers who have been invited to this workshop will address volatility; the importance of agriculture, not only in the EU but also globally; and will give an overview of how some countries deal with volatility, with a particular focus on China.

The panel debate in the second session aims to debate how to curb price volatility and ascertain which tools to equip farmers with to cope.

The workshop will be held June 27, 2016 from 2:30 p.m to 6:00 p.m at Copa-Cogeca, rue de Trèves 61, 1040 Brussels. You will find details of the programme below. You can register by email to sabrina.dejean@copa-cogeca.eu or by fax: 00 32 22 87 27 00


PROGRAMME

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Registration and coffee

Session 1: Setting the scene

2:30 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Welcoming words
Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of Copa and Cogeca

2:35 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. What do we know about volatility?
Bertrand Munier, Professor Emeritus at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Paris, Chair of the Science Council at the Maurice Allais Foundation, Chief Economist at Momagri

3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. The pivotal role of agriculture in creating global stability
Hafez Ghanem, Vice-President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa

3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. China’s agricultural ambitions: repercussions on international markets
Thierry Pouch, Economist, APCA, Reims Champagne-Ardenne University

3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Coffee break

Session 2 : Panel debate

3:55 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Panel debate – How to address price volatility under the CAP post 2020?

Moderator: Luc Vanoirbeek, Boerenbond

Panellists:
  • Max Schulman, Chair of the Copa and Cogeca WP on Cereals
  • Mansel Raymond, Chair of the Copa and Cogeca WP on Milk & Dairy Products
  • Nicola Caputo, Member of the European Parliament, [S&D, IT]
  • Jacques Carles, Chief Operating Officer at Momagri
  • Julien Valentin, farmer, Chair of the FDSEA 51 group’s Committee on the Economy and Development

5:55 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Summing up by the moderator

6:00 p.m. End of the workshop




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