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The 2014-20 European budget,
Very little feedback on the lack of agreement in Brussels

Frédéric Hénin, Editor in Chief, Terre-net

Article published in Terre-net Magazine

So far, only the French Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA) and the Coordination Rurale union have reacted to the lack of budget agreement for the 2014-20 period.

Agricultural unions did not rush to react after learning that the European Council meeting held on November 22 and 23, and attended by the 27 heads of state of the European Union, did not reach an agreement on the 2014-20 budget. Is the campaign to elect representatives from the Chambers of Agriculture rallying all forces?

In Paris, Xavier Beulin focuses on the “defensible” strategy adopted by France, which supports both the CAP and the cohesion funds to rally Eastern Europe nations. In Brussels, “François Hollande emphasized the CAP impact, as he believes that agriculture is a key economic sector in this time of crisis,” said the FNSEA President who often agrees with the French President on European issues.
A few months before the German legislative elections, he believes that the Franco-German axis is more fragile, as Chancellor Angela Merkel is in pre-election mode. Yet, “she has not gone over to British Prime Minster Cameron’s side,” notes Xavier Beulin.

“Better no deal than a very poor deal”

For the Coordination Rurale, the truce dictated by this lack of agreement must be put to good use, so that Europe’s “major countries”––including France––“must pick up the pieces and redefine a CAP that is worthy of the Rome Treaty that created it.” The Coordination Rurale’s reform project for “a 21st century CAP ensuring adequate protection” is precisely heading in the right direction, and “would save €20 billion annually.”

Considering the current version of the budget, the fact that governments did not reach an agreement is “good news since no deal is better than a very poor deal,” said the head of the delegation from the Socialist Group of the European Parliament.

“If the budget earmarked to agriculture is too low, there will be no CAP. And without a CAP, we will have as many agricultural policies as the number of member states, which will cost billions to Europe, and will have drastic consequences on jobs,” adds Marc Tarabella, the Socialist MEP. Yet, the situation cannot drag on, because a lack of budget “could also have painful consequences on jobs in all industries that are directly or indirectly linked to agriculture!”

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Paris, 20 June 2019