On the 25th May 2016, the FRSEA Nord Bassin Parisien held a debate on the subject “How will the CAP be after 2020?". Nico van Opstal, agricultural counsellor for the Netherlands’ Embassy, Yves Madre, co-founder of Farm Europe and Pierre Pagesse, honorary president of the Momagri think-tank were invited to present their proposals.
It seems important continue the discussion on “Insurance vs. Countercyclical” methods of management tools against the risks faced by farmers.
Indeed, Momagri considers that both tools should be welcomed and used together against different risks (climatic hazards vs. economic risks) and feel that some confuse the debate by tending to compare the two.
Momagri published the responses to the objections made during the meeting in a memo titled “Momagri meets FARM EUROPE on countercyclical subsidies and insurance”.
The debate organized by FRSEA Nord Bassin Parisien clearly demonstrates what will come into play by 2020. Indeed, by revealing the Netherlands’ position on the CAP, Nico van Opstal probably gave way to the new keyword for the next reform, “the consumer”. Bye, bye convergence and greening for justifying Community budget. Welcome the consumer!
If this scenario proves to be the case, obviously pride of place will be given to greening. However, the question of sale prices that may, or may not, remunerate farmers, does not seem to be part of the agenda for discussions on the CAP post 2020.
Yet the link between farm pay, animal welfare and the conservation of territories is strong!
The more farmers are subject to the tyranny of world prices, the less the standards important to European consumers will be respected.
If we add the free trade agreements currently under negotiation, it is clear that everything that is not considered “high added value farming”, will be doomed to disappear, choked by the competition!
We should be learning lessons from the de-industrialization of parts of Europe, and make sure agriculture does not follow the same path.