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CAP 2013: meeting with Commissioner Dacian Ciolos

14 April 2010

A delegation of the European Coordination Via Campesina met the new European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Dacian Ciolos, yesterday for the first time. The organization was able to have a long and open exchange on key areas related to the reform of European Common Agricultural Policy in 2013.

CAP 2013: The European Coordination Via Campesina meets Commissioner Dacian Ciolos A delegation (1) of the European Coordination Via Campesina met the new European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Dacian Ciolos, yesterday for the first time. The organization was able to have a long and open exchange on key areas related to the reform of European Common Agricultural Policy in 2013. The concerns of ECVC with regards to smaller farmers and the difficulties facing young people in entering Agriculture were shared by the Commissioner. Representatives of Via Campesina highlighted once again the current dramatic situation in farming incomes – and the necessity for a decent and dignified revenue for farmers in order to ensure the survival of existing farms and the installation of young farmers. ECVC clearly underlined the need for regulation of production and markets in order to achieve this. Whereas the European Commission works on an evolution of the current framework of the CAP, the European Coordination Via Campesina explained to the Commissioner that this framework, largely based on the current rules of international trade, cannot meet the crises in employment, climate, biodiversity and food production we now face (2)– and that what is in fact necessary is a new Food and Agricultural policy for Europe, with new priorities and objectives. (1) Rafael Hernandez, Javier Sanchez, Geneviève Savigny, Lidia Senra, Jeanne Verlinden, Gérard Choplin, Fergal Anderson (2) See our position paper from 19th January 2010 for more information

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