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.
Christian Pèes

What we expect from the 2017 Presidential Primaries...

Christian Pèes’ post on his blog1
President of Euralis and of Momagri

Not a week goes by where we don’t hear of a new candidate on the arena for the 2017 Presidential election primaries.

The upcoming period will be the opportunity to interact with the candidates for the Supreme Mandature. It is now they are preparing their presidential program and the terms and conditions for reform they will apply once in power... or not!

Align the CAP to the challenges of the XXI century

It is also a time for us, agricultural leaders to improve the understanding of the specifics of agriculture, our trade ... and consider whether our representatives will really fight in Brus-sels to change the direction of the CAP!

We are several agricultural leaders who would like the return of France to being a force for proposals for a CAP that is adapted to the economic and strategic challenges of the XXI century.

Therefore, before meeting the other candidates, I would like to draw attention to the fact that we expect concrete proposals accompanied by strategic action to rally a majority for the project which will be supported by France.

Because there are two sets of action:
    - Set out measures to break with the current CAP, such as intelligent mechanisms for the regulation of agricultural markets or targeted aid for times of crisis

    - Develop a strategy for the reconquest of alliances that will win the majority on the Council of EU Heads of State.
If the future of thousands of farmers is at stake today, so will be the future of the Common Agricultural Policy in the coming months and consequently that of the European project.

It is no longer a question of announcing to small farmers that the CAP must remain a pillar of the EU, it is a question of proposing an action plan.

The voluntarism displayed by several candidates with regards the leadership that France must regain in the construction of Europe is encouraging, but it is time to move beyond words and get into the thick of things with regards the CAP.

The findings and the goals are shared by many. The credibility of Brussels concerning agriculture is eroding a little more every day, paving the way for extremes and eurosceptics.

The Brussels dialogue on budget, the research for “Community added value” or efficiency in the use of public funds can no longer hold when we throw money out of the window when prices are high and we have too little leeway to really help farmers during crises.

France must position itself to define the CAP

In this context, it is up to France, first European agricultural producer, to implement a large-scale action plan to redefine the CAP of the XXI century.

A CAP that should no longer be a social support system when community production breaks down by payouts which burden our production costs.

But a CAP that truly takes into account the fact that agricultural markets are chaotic and without rules, without regulation, markets do not function as in economic theory.

So gentlemen candidates, please understand that we will not be fooled by the kind of talk that try to have it both ways!

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Paris, 16 June 2019