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CAP reform after the EP Comagri vote

24 January 2013

European family farmers are looking for a future in the maze of the negotiation on the CAP reform post 2013. After the vote of Comagri, ECVC is concerned about the state of discussions on the future CAP.

European family farmers are looking for a future in the maze of the negotiation on the CAP reform post 2013 After the vote of the Agriculture Committee of European Parliament (Comagri) yesterday, the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), which represents small and medium farmers turned to environmentally friendly production methods, is concerned about the state of discussions on the future CAP. The predictable decrease of the CAP budget stirs the representatives of "big agriculture" linked to the interests of the agro-industry. For Ecvc, what is at stake is not so much to keep the global budget for agricultural policy, than to restore CAP meaning and legitimacy. "To fund more the first 50 hectares is going into the right direction” says Geneviève Savigny, ECVC board member,” providing that the amounts allocated are much more capped than proposed, a topic too much forgotten in the discussions, and to link them to jobs rather that to hectares, as is currently the case". The "greening" proposal should be preserved, while taking into account very particular regional situations, with common sense, and in order to restore a balance between nature conservation and production. Rural development, which has initiated real dynamics in many regions, must be consolidated, and oriented towards the creation of jobs. It is then a scandal to fund insurances through the second pillar. The support to less-favoured areas needs to be strengthened. Moreover, the new policy must look beyond the crisis and "competitiveness at any cost" and move towards food sovereignty, including production first for local markets. To do this, it will be necessary, on behalf of food sovereignty and beyond some improvement contained in the CMO report of Comagri, to implement market regulation mechanisms to maintain stable and fair prices for producers as for consumers. Contact: Geneviève Savigny +33625551687 Hanny Van Geel +31613903434

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