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Copa and Cogeca debate future budget with EU Commissioner Oettinger

Press release, Copa-Cogeca, June 16th 2017

June 19, 2017

“Robbing Peter to pay Paul” is the same as looking to solve one problem by exacerbating another. At a time when discussions are underway on the EU budget for the period post 2020, COPA and COGECA, the European federations of trade unions and agricultural cooperatives, have been able to develop their arguments to face Commissioner Oettinger, in a press release which we present below

Agricultural crisis and falling incomes, a weak agricultural budget in relation to total public expenditure in Europe, a strategic sector for food security, the fight against climate change and all the Sustainable Development Goals: all of these arguments have of course been raised to try to counter the threat that any new expertise developed at the European level does not result in a reduction of public funds allocated to the Common Agricultural Policy.

For Momagri, though these arguments are obviously justified, they should not lead agricultural organizations to advocate the status quo in a simply defensive position. The best way to save the CAP and justify its financing is to bring out the elements of an ambitious reform for a more effective CAP in stabilizing markets and incomes, for better budgetary efficiency and real Community added value.

Unfortunately, public powerlessness institutionalized by previous reforms and the reduction of most debates to the sharing of national envelopes and to calculating each Member State’s budgetary return are the real poison to the CAP and the building of Europe. It is in this sense that Momagri, in its White Paper, “a new strategic direction for the CAP”
2, has produced proposals for CAP reform focused on countercyclical measures.

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Copa and Cogeca debate future budget with EU Commissioner Oettinger and underline need to avoid agricultural spending cuts, otherwise production of high quality food supplies, environmental goals, competitiveness, growth and jobs put at risk.

Copa and Cogeca debated in Brussels this week the future EU budget with Commissioner Oettinger and underlined the need to maintain agriculture spending at current levels, otherwise not only farmers livelihoods, our competitiveness and high quality food supplies would be threatened, but also the delivery of the EU’s environmental and social goals. Speaking in Brussels, Copa President Martin Merrild said “Copa and Cogeca strongly disagree with any proposals to cut Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending in the EU budget in the future.

Farmers’ incomes are already only 40% of average EU earnings and have dropped by 20% in the past four years. Yet they are the ones responsible not only for producing high quality safe food everyday which complies with tough production and welfare standards but also they are part of the solution in tackling climate change. They are also the hub of rural areas, ensuring growth and jobs often in areas where no other source of employment exists. This is one of the key priorities of the Juncker Commission”. “Our exports are also vital for the economy and we need a CAP that supports our competitiveness in the future”, he added.

Mr Merrild praised the Commissioner for his support for the agriculture sector. Commissioner Oettinger warned at the meeting of the serious challenges facing the EU, saying that Brexit will cause EU budget losses. Further to that, new priorities such as refugees, migration, security and the fight against terrorism must be addressed. But he wanted to avoid the agriculture sector becoming a victim of this and hopes to find a constructive solution to it. He urged the farming and cooperative organizations to play a strong and constructive role in the debate and to discuss it with their Ministers.

Cogeca President Thomas Magnusson went on to underline that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) contributes to delivering most of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU. This is all at a cost of less than 1% of total EU public expenditure which is good value for money. With the world population expected to grow and with the agriculture sector really hurting, now is not the time to cut back on expenditure and jeopardize the multiple benefits of agriculture. Faced with the negative market situation in recent years, farmers and their cooperatives need sufficient support to be able to do their jobs properly. We urge Parliament, Ministers, the Commission to make sure we have a viable and sustainable agriculture sector in the future”.

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