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Our European Policies working group is one of the key spaces where we act to achieve food sovereignty. Due to the interrelated nature of public policies and our holistic vision, the topics covered by this working group are numerous and closely linked with many of our other working groups. Therefore, as well as calling for specific policy changes on the CAP, the Green Deal, F2F, food policy, and climate policies, the working group also plays an important role in ensuring the coherence of our advocacy work.

The importance of this coherence, along with the importance of a coherent transition for farmers, is often overlooked by other actors. The European Policies working group aims to remind the institutions of this, through for example, attending civil dialogue groups or other EU institutional advisory meetings, holding lobby meetings, speaking at events, and responding to calls for consultation, to bring about the adoption of sustainable practices which are viable for them and their territories.

Other working group activities include policy monitoring and analysis, strategic meetings, advocacy work, network and alliance building, as well as mobilisations and actions. The resulting information is then used to drive forward national-level struggles. This connection between the grassroots, the farmers themselves, and policy-making spaces is key to ensuring real, systemic, and efficient change is made.

Contact information

Coordinating committee members

Andoni Garcia Arriola

EUS, ES

Vitor Rodriguez

PT, ES, ENG

Pierre Maison

FR

Attila Szocs-Boruss

RO, EN

Morgan Ody

FR, EN, ES

climate@eurovia.org

cap-active@eurovia.org

food@eurovia.org

Staff support

Key objectives

  1. Ensure that the voice of small and medium-scale farmers and farm workers is heard in the public policies and public arena of the European Union.
  2. Provide concrete examples and solutions on how EU policies must be for a coherent transition towards agroecology and food sovereignty and working towards their implementation.
  3. Identify, denounce, and avoid false and damaging “solutions” that are announced within EU Green Deal policies and initiatives, as well as provide the necessary grassroots means, experience, and expertise to ensure a coherent EU food system without these unnecessary false solutions.
  4. Advocate for fairer and more coherent trade and market policies at the EU level, while explaining how to ensure global justice and solidarity with regard to the impact of EU trade policies on the rest of the world.

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