Amendments to EU Parliament CAP report:
ECVC reiterates need to change agricultural model before EU institutions
ECVC insists that the future CAP must ensure fair incomes for farmers and meet society’s expectations
In this framework, ECVC delegates met last week a number of MEPs, including the president of COMAGRI, Adam Siekierski, reiterating 7 main points
Brussels, 28 November 2018 – Less than a week before the deadline to submit amendments to the European Parliament reports on the CAP post 2020, the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) has mobilised again in Brussels and the European periphery reiterating the need to define an agricultural model that is sustainable and constitutes a real support for rural areas.
ECVC insists that the future CAP must guarantee fair incomes to farmers (matched to that of the rest of the population) and respond to society’s expectations. This implies the transition of all European farms to sustainable models and peasant agro-ecology, preserving the environment, the climate and guaranteeing quality food for all citizens – including the most disadvantaged. To get there, public policies to regulate markets are fundamental.
In light of this, ECVC delegates met last week with a number of MEPs, including the president of COMAGRI, Adam Siekierski, reiterating 7 main points:
1) Maintain the practice of peasant agriculture – oriented towards the production of food and not biofuels – in all rural areas, and give priority to new farmers during the first years of their activity, as well as in the distribution of aid and the reserves for payment entitlements;
2) set a capping for direct payments at EUR 60,000, with a deduction of 50% of labour costs on the basis of real employment contracts, and with a maximum limit on the number of agricultural workers; eco-programs must also be subject to aid limits;
3) grant compulsory direct payments to small farmers, on the basis of a minimum value of aid;
4) maintain the current level of coupled support, and to not accept that crops intended for biofuels benefit from these aids;
5) farms based on agroecological models should be recognized within eco-schemes. The latter must be an aid for systems and models that mitigate climate change and support the environment , and not an aid for specific practices within an intensive agricultural model;
6) we reject the compulsory funding of agricultural insurances to deal with market crises. Risk management must be addressed through public policy measures, such as market regulation;
7) all support paid to farmers should be subject to a common set of requirements concerning the rights of agricultural workers (with reference to international labour conventions), regardless of their status (farmer, employee, seasonal worker). This implies the inclusion of a social conditionality in the CAP.
Pressure from the European peasant movement has also been decentralized. The Confederação Nacional da Agricultura (CNA) mobilized more than a thousand peasants and agricultural leaders who concentrated in Lisbon, in defense of family agriculture and the Rural World. A delegation delivered its main proposals and complaints to the Agriculture and Sea Commission of the Assembly of the Republic and to the Prime Minister of Portugal.
Our demands are also those of a large part of European society. In line with this, a coalition of European organisations committed to the fight for sustainable agriculture and food models, Good Food Good Farming, gathered on 19 November in front of the European Council in Brussels. European agriculture ministers were asked to support a sustainable agriculture model that is fair and healthy for producers, consumers and the environment.
- Andoni Garcia (ECVC Coordination Committee): +34 636 4515 69 – ES, EUZ
- Geneviève Savigny (ECVC CAP Group) : +33 62 555 1687 – FR, EN, ES
- Antonio Onorati (ECVC Coordination Committee): +39 3408 2194 56 – IT, ES, FR, EN
- Jose Miguel Pacheco (ECVC Coordination Committee): +351 968 721 995 – PT, ES
 Maria Noich (S&D/Germany); S&D shadow rapporteur for the Strategic Plans report; Martin Hausling (Greens/Germany) coordinator of Greens in Comagri; Czesław Siekierski (EPP/Poland), president of Comagri; Thomas Waitz (Greens/Austria), shadow rapporteur for Greens on CMO (Common Market Organisation) ; Eric Andrieu (S&D/France), main rapporteur for the CMO report.