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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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For a CAP Built on Strategic Objectives (A Compromise between France's Intentions and the Commission's Proposals)

10 March 2008

This year's Salon International de l’Agriculture trade fair, which took place in Paris from February 23 to March 2, 2008, was once again a resounding success with over 600,000 in attendance. Amidst rising prices for some agricultural raw materials, this 45th iteration of the Salon proved the opportunity for French President Nicolas Sarkozy to deliver much-anticipated remarks on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

With four months to go before France assumes the presidency of the European Union, Sarkozy emphasized that he would be sure his country's tenure would lead to "a bona fide CAP rehaul" as early as 2009. Laying out "new goals for agriculture," Sarkozy spoke in favor of stabilizing the markets and maintaining community preference
1.

Sarkozy also referred back to his firm stance with regard to the agricultural negotiations underway at the World Trade Organization, stating that he would oppose any deal "that would sacrifice agriculture in France or in Europe," positioning the deal as a "strategic challenge" for the coming years.

Echoing the President's remarks in an article published in Le Figaro
2 on February 25, French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Michel Barnier stressed that agriculture "is not nostalgia, nor is it a thing of the past (…) it is one of our strategic assets and a key sector for the future (…) more than ever before, agriculture lies at the core of the human adventure."

These are important commitments at a time when the Commission is preparing the first legislative proposals in the CAP "health check" process, proposals that will be discussed during France's Presidency of the EU. Furthermore, short of being excessively defeatist over the outcome of the negotiations to follow, one cannot help but note that a gap appears between the remarks made by President Sarkozy and his Minister of Agriculture and the perspectives spelled out by the European Commission. How will that gap be overcome, and in what way?

When the time comes, WOAgri will make suggestions, much as it did when the Goepel Report was discussed by the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee on February 26. Some amendments speak to the need to define strategic objectives for agriculture in Europe, monitor food security and not cede to market forces alone. If Europe's agricultural policy of tomorrow is to set its course, analysis and evaluation instruments are required - instruments that today do not exist. May the voices of the MEPs be heard.


1 Community preference, one of the founding principles behind the CAP, grants European products preference over imported products (customs duties).
2 Article: Michel Barnier, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, LeFigaro , "L’agriculture à Paris: image de nos terroirs, image d’avenir."
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