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Land Issues in Europe: From Land Grabbing to Land Reform

3 June 2013

Invitation to the Conference “Land Issues in Europe: From Land Grabbing to Land Reform” 25 June 2012 from 9.00 till 12.30 European Parliament – Brussels

Invitation to the Conference “Land Issues in Europe: From Land Grabbing to Land Reform” 25 June 2012 from 9.00 till 12.30 European Parliament – Brussels Interpretation in English, French, Spain, Portuguese and German The European Coordination Via Campesina and the GUE group of the European Parliament have the pleasure to invite to a conference on the Land Issues in Europe. In May 2012 the Guidelines on Land, Fisheries and Forests were adopted by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS). This has represented significant progress for the recognition of the peoples’ rights to land, despite the fact that these Guidelines fall short on issues that are key to the livelihoods of small scale food producers such as land and water grabbing. The European Union, on the day of the approval, stated that “The Voluntary Guidelines are an important priority for the European Union and its Member States and their adoption represents a great success for the reformed CFS and its participants. They constitute a first international step of considerable importance in this essential field that addresses sensitive issues such as access to land, fisheries and forests as well as responsible investments with transactions in tenure rights”. Since this statement, what the EU and its Members States have really done to implement these guidelines and promote tenure rights and equitable access to land? In order to try to respond to this fundamental question, the promoters of this conference (the Coordination Via Campesina and the coalition Hands off the Land) studied, for one year, the land situation in Europe. The main finding is unequivocal: Land concentration and land grabbing do not occur only in developing countries in the South; both are underway in Europe today. This study also reveals that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidy scheme and other policies are implicated, in a variety of ways, in this process. This Conference is the occasion to have some distinguished guests around the table to take stock of the governance of tenure of land in Europe, and listen to different proposals on adequate policy measures to implement the UN Guidelines in Europe. ****** Conference information Interventions by:  Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food  Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (tbc)  Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands  Willy Meyer, Patrick Le Hyaric and Joao Ferreira, MEPs  Coordination Committee and Members of European Coordination Via Campesina This event is jointly organized by European Coordination Via Campesina and the group GUE/NGL of the European Parliament. The report on Land Grabbing in Europe, along with its Executive Summary, is already available on the ECVC website: http://www.eurovia.org/spip.php?article757&lang=en To register, please send the registration form enclosed to info@eurovia.org by the 18th of June.

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