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.
Focus on issues

Momagri's white paper "a new strategic course for the CAP" entirely updated

Jacques Carles, Chief Operating Officer of Momagri and President of Carles & Associés
Frédéric Courleux, Advisor of Momagri and Carles & Associés

December 18, 2017

While the negotiation on the 2020 Common Agricultural Policy is starting to pick up some speed with the Agricultural Commissioner's communication last November 29th, Momagri has entirely updated the propositions contained in its white paper "a new strategic course for the CAP" . The white paper has also been completed with deeper focuses following the reactions and questions that emerged during the numerous presentations of it we made.

Our propositions aim at enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, and community added value of the main integrated community policy of the European Union. We must urgently leave the budgetary consumption logic in which the decoupling principle has trapped the CAP. The articulation between risk management tools, counter cyclical payments and insurances seems the most effective to us.

We have made the demonstration that the current Treaties and rules allow a fluctuating budgetary consumption from one year to another without having deferrals to handle and while keeping public spending under control. The community level must remain responsible for the integrity of the single market by better utilizing and combining crisis management tools for a better steering of markets on one side, and budgetary resources to protect farmers against the volatility of international markets on the other side. By placing this new policy mix at the heart of the CAP, a virtuous dialogue can be created between the community level and member states in order to have a real European community added value.

The next reform of the CAP must be a sharp turn from the trajectory that started with the 1992 reform. Agriculture and rural territories are at the heart of 21st century stakes : food security, climate change, fossil fuel shortage, natural resources protection, migration and rural exodus, new geopolitical balances, etc... Since the 2007/08 food crisis, most countries have reinforced their agricultural policies, and Europe is going the opposite way, as if it were trapped in the 1990 even though a new multilateral order must be built.

Therefore, an in depth reform of the CAP is necessary to participate in exiting the European construction crisis, which is also a crisis of the inefficiency of public action. Incapable of handling agricultural crises and incapable of insuring a better integration of environmental matters, Europe must let go the decoupling principle for payments that she is the only one to implement as a "virtuous but isolated leader". We cannot be right on our own for very long.

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Paris, 20 June 2019