|Paris, September 11th 2017
Conservative MEPs wish to keep the current CAP until 2024 :
Failure to assist farmers in danger ?
While the Commission has launched the consultation process prior to defining the post 2020 CAP, and which’s first orientations will be announced next November, the members of the EPP group in the European parliament just recommended the status quo and reporting the CAP reform to after 2024.
To them, the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and the next budget negotiations require postponing discussions.
This will to keep the status quo is baffling, especially in regards to the crisis situations a great number of farmers are experiencing which obviously shows the current CAP framework isn’t suitable.
To pick one out of many examples, European producers are about to receive 130€ per ton for wheat they just harvested to which will be added 30€ in decoupled payments, whereas their Chinese and Indian counterparts will receive respectively 360 and 320$ per ton.
In the United States, thanks to countercyclical payments, they have a 202$ per ton guaranty. Even Russia is strengthening its intervention on cereal markets with the announcement of a public buying price of 181$ for milling wheat. The European Union is going the wrong way !
Is it necessary to remind that the last reform was negotiated on the hypothesis that prices would be high, a theory that has been heavily contradicted since?
European Members of Parliament also invoke a “reform fatigue” and the farmers’ need for political stability.
But for farmers, the “fatigue” comes from an agricultural policy that weakens them. What are most tiring to them are the ultra-liberal reforms Europe keeps pushing on to keep its spot as a good pupil at the WTO. And what they want is a policy that insures better income stability.
The Doha cycle is in clinical death. Europe should acknowledge it and look into launching a new multilateral order based on cooperation between agricultural policies that are both stabilizing and sustainable.
With this unprecedented announcement, EPP made the bet of an aborted reform, before negotiations could even start.
After fighting for the European parliament to have a say in agricultural matters, which is the case since the Lisbon treaty, conservative MEPs are not implementing the political action they now have the possibility to carry out. With this standpoint, they are feeding into the disenchantment regarding the European project.