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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,
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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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Who wants to destroy Phil Hogan?

November 30, 2015

“Big Phil”, as he is nicknamed, is indeed in the doghouse...

The latest outburst comes from Romuald Schaber, President of the European Milk Board (EMB), in his open letter asking the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to dismiss Commissioner Phil Hogan.

The reasons for such rebuke? They include a dairy market under pressure, farms that are insolvent or the brink of bankruptcy, and a commissioner who has stubbornly refused to see the reality of the crisis from the very beginning.

Mr. Schaber singles out the ineffectiveness and carelessness of the Commissioner who, “according to Article 39 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, [must] ensure a fair standard of living to the rural community.” In fact, only reasonable incomes can safeguard the vitality of agriculture in many regions.

The EMB is not the first union organization to step up to the plate and others might join it, if Brussels persists in doing nothing. Thierry Roquefeuil, President of the French Federation of Milk Producers (FNPL), recently called for Phil Hogan’s resignation, thus responding to the Commissioner’s provocation when he refused to acknowledge the urgency of the European agricultural crisis during an interview with a web TV channel.

The Commission had wagered on a positive dairy market, without giving any thought to a possible setback marked by low prices and surplus stocks. Yet we are there. While the sector is getting organized at the national and cooperative levels, and dairy farmers are active through new types of contracts and negotiations between operators, structural responses are now certainly required from Brussels. Yet, which lasting solutions have been offered by the Commission to fight this crisis situation for which there is still no end in sight?

While he seems closer to the German or British views than to the French or Spanish demands, the ultra liberal Phil Hogan is mostly focusing on new markets for European products through free trade agreements with third-party countries––such as Mexico, Australia, the United States or New Zealand––or through marketing operations, rather than considering direct market interventions.

The seriousness of the crisis, which conflicts with the Commission’s wait-and-see attitude and denial, demands now more than ever a new strategic course, if we do not want to see the failure of the European agriculture, as it is swept away by a crisis that is difficult to manage without adequate measures.

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Paris, 20 June 2019