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Creation of the European Coordination Via Campesina

1 July 2008

The process initiated by the European Farmers’ Coordination (CPE) and COAG has culminated on June 27th with the public presentation of the European Coordination Via Campesina.The European Coordination Via Campesina regroups the organisations formerly gathered in the CPE and many rural and agricultural workers’ organisations of Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Malta and Turkey.

Creation of the European Coordination Via Campesina A new organisation to change the European agricultural policies as of the health check The process initiated by the European Farmers’ Coordination (CPE) and COAG has culminated on June 27th with the public presentation of the European Coordination Via Campesina in the presence of Josep Puxeu, the Spanish Secretary of State of rural environment and water. The European Coordination Via Campesina regroups the organisations formerly gathered in the CPE and many rural and agricultural workers’ organisations of Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Malta and Turkey. The main aim of this organization is the struggle for other food and agricultural policies based on more legitimacy, fairness, solidarity and sustainability wich are necessary in Europe to ensure food security, food safety, public health, employment in rural areas and to tackle the issues of the global food price crisis and climate change. In Europe, each day, over thousand farms disappear because of a lack of real political will to make sustainable family agriculture thrive. We demand the development of diverse, sustainable family farming attached to the territories and the application of food sovereignty. In 2008, the European Coordination Via Campesina will participate actively in the European Social Forum in Malmö in Sweden (17-21 sept), the mobilisation and forum of Annecy in France at the occasion of the informal meeting of the Agricultural Council (20-23 sept) and the Vth Conference of Via Campesina (17-23 oct). She will be active in the debate on the CAP after 2013.

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