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CAP Conference 2013, Brussels, Octobre 27

28 October 2010

In order to face European and international challenges, the EU must develop a new CAP that is recognised by its citizens and third countries

CAP Conference 2013, Brussels, Octobre 27 In order to face European and international challenges, the EU must develop a new common agricultural and food policy that is recognised by its citizens and third countries The European Coordination Via Campesina closed its international conference on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2013 yesterday in Brussels, which brought together about 200 participants.We following participants honoured us with their presence: the President of the European Agricultural Council, Sabine Laruelle, and the European Commissioner Dacian Ciolos , Nikiforos Sivenas, Director, Directorate General of Agriculture, Luis Capoulas Santos MEP member of The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament, Jean-Christophe Kroll, professor at AgroSup Dijon, Kirtana Chandrasekaran , FoE Europe, Gaëtan Vanloqueren, Advisor of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, Thierry Kesteloot, Head of Agricultural Policy at Oxfam Solidarity Belgium and Badrul Alam , Via Campesina, president of the Bangladesh Krishok Federation. Upon completion of the work of the three round tables, the European Coordination Via Campesina, asks the European institutions to develop a post-2013 CAP which truly responds to social, environmental and international needs. For the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), this will not be possible without: • Farm income based on fair prices which reflect the costs of sustainable production in the social and environmental fields. • A public regulation of European agricultural production and markets. • A change in the existing rules of international agricultural trade. • Transparency in the food chain. • Quality standards and food safety adapted to short supply chain and small farms. • A GM-free agriculture and food production . • Equal rights for farmers men and women. "The CAP should enable the coexistence of different types of agriculture within a stable and predictable framework that allows long-term investments," said Sabine Laruelle. "The CAP reform must target two audiences: European farmers and citizens / consumers. " Geneviève Savigny , ECVC representative, pointed out that "the agricultural productive capacity in Europe has been going downhill in recent years. Farmers quit their profession because they are not paid well. What they need, above all, are prices, not subsidies"... "There is no real competitive global market" said Jean-Christophe Kroll . "Public tools are needed to manage the domestic market to hedge against price fluctuations in international transactions. The support and stabilization of agricultural prices is essential to secure investment for sustainable agriculture." According to Luis Capoulas Santos, "An idealist position is useless against the political reality of the 27 Member States, in the Council and in the Parliament. The key issue is the CAP budget and it will be difficult to keep the budget at current levels. We will have to fight for a fairer and more equitable CAP among Member States, regions and farmers and also for a legitimate CAP for taxpayers and European citizens. It will be necessary to target subsidies based on environmental and social criteria, and to introduce positive discrimination for certain sectors such as family farming and organic agriculture". "Agriculture is not just a commodity", said Dacian Ciolos . "We need to ensure greater sustainability and greater diversity for the future agriculture. If domestic consumption accounts for 90% of the European food production, the opening of markets is a fact.The CAP must support those that integrate food, territorial and environmental objectives and simple support is needed for small farms and short supply chain. Small farms can be as competitive as others. The fact that farmers can live on their own production suggests that their farms are competitive, regardless of the size of the farm." "We must integrate the CAP on the right to food. The EU has extraterritorial obligations and must consider the impact that agricultural policy has on economic and social rights in other countries, " added Gaëtan Vanloqueren . Rafael Hernandez, of ECVC, highlighted in its conclusion the importance of a strong mobilization for a fairer PAC. Contacts Geneviève Savigny + 33625551687 Gérard Choplin +32473257378 - Marzia Rezzin 32 473 300 156

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