A new vision for agriculture
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.
A look at the news

Has CAP reform been postponed until 2014?

April 2, 2012


“No money, no vote”, declared Peter Jahr, the German Conservative MP at the European Parliament on 21st March, demonstrating that CAP reform is currently at a deadlock.

Indeed, several MEPs are openly threatening not to continue discussions on CAP reform as long as the EU financial perspective for 2014-2020 remains unknown. Effectively, since the European Commission’s proposals last June, negotiations on the EU’s financial perspective have stalled.

How can MEPs propose CAP reform without knowing the allocated budget?

Will Dacian Ciolos, European Commissioner for Agriculture, be forced to revise his proposal if the Council imposes budget cuts in the 2014-2020 financial perspective? If this is the case, the current direction for CAP reform post 2013 will be permanently void.

This deadlock does not appear to be on the verge of being resolved given the climate of budget restraint that prevails in the EU. Originally scheduled for 2013, CAP reform could well be postponed to 2014, particularly since decisive elections loom: this spring in France, in autumn 2013 in Germany and finally in June 2014 at the European Parliament.

Two possible scenarios seem to be emerging:

    - An agreement is reached before the German elections, but according several MEPs, the voted text will be completed by another reform during the 2014-2019 legislation, with a view to combating price volatility;

    - No agreement is reached before the German elections, in which case, the current financial perspective will likely be postponed by one or two years and negotiations will then be taken up with the future European Parliament elected in 2014.
Let’s hope that this situation of waiting will be conducive to new thinking on CAP reform and will enable European agriculture to meet the food challenges and stakes for political stability of the twenty-first century.
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