The path to fairer land governance in Europe reached a milestone today, as the European Parliamant approved a report that recognizes the urgent problems of land concentration and access to land in the EU
Press Release Available in PDF Brussels, 27 April 2017 The path to fairer land governance in Europe reached a milestone today, as the European Parliament approved an own initiative report that recognizes the urgent problems of land concentration, and access to land in the EU and demands for adequate responses. The European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) and the Hands on The Land (HOtL) coalition welcome the adoption of the report “State of play of farmland concentration in the EU: how to facilitate the access to land for farmers?” and assert that the time has come to change Europe's land policy. The report, voted in plenary today, could potentially serve as a starting point to develop regulation at the European level to prevent land grabbing by large (often non farming) companies, land concentration and to facilitate access to land for small scale farmers and new entrants to farming. Some of the main demands of peasant organizations and civil society included in the report were:
- That the European Parliament demands the Commission to adopt recommendations and EU guiding principles on land governance based on the UN Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) unanimously endorsed by the Committee of World Food Security
- The set up of a Land Observatory to monitor land transactions. A central European Observatory would serve to gather essential data and information on the level of farmland concentration. The main tasks of the observatory would involve: recording land prices and market behaviour; changes in land use and loss of farmland; trends in soil fertility and land erosion.
- The acknowledgement that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and other European policy areas instigate land concentration in Europe. To respond to this a high level task force is demanded to examine the impact of EU policies on land concentration.
- The recognition of land grabbing as an occurring phenomenon within the EU.
- Antonio Onorati: ECVC Coordinating Committee responsible on Land, +39 340 82 19 456
- Ivan Mammana: ECVC Staff Member responsible on Land, , +32 2 217 31 12