|Paris, October 3, 2016
Momagri writes to European officials
to revitalize the political debate on agriculture
Following the keen interest show by farmers for the White Paper “A New Strategic course for the CAP” when it was presented at Fair Châlons, at the International Exhibition for Animal Production (SPACE) in Rennes and in various circles, Momagri is addressing its proposal to reform the CAP to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and to other European officials.
Since its creation in 2005, Momagri thinks that decoupled direct payments are ineffective and have a negative image of farmers. Today, the severe crisis that is impacting the agricultural community proves it. This is why Momagri’s proposal wants to replace a part of direct payments by a flexible system of risk management that provides farmers with minimum revenues in times of price collapses.
The macro and micro impact studies in this white paper show that such a reform is budgetary possible, and is even recommended since it strengthens the added value of EU spending.
By offering the European authorities its expertise on economic and budget simulations, Momagri calls on the European Commission to initiate an updating thought process in agricultural policy.
While competitiveness is essential, an agricultural policy must respond when markets are failing. Indeed, the agricultural crises since 2007-2008 are confirming:
- The chronic instability of agricultural markets,
- The economic and social costs generated by price instability in agricultural markets for the whole European economy,
- The importance of support policies in the major producing nations to provide safety nets to their farmers.
Yet the sole prospects currently outlined by the European Commission are the simplification of the CAP and the resilience and low-price export model––this is to say the development model of the 1980s––that is no longer wanted in third world countries.
As a result, the CAP has become a policy that is totally unsuited to economic constraints and international competition. It is now urgent to revitalize the political debate on agriculture. This is what Momagri strives to achieve.
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