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.
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Is a political crisis needed to save the CAP?

06 April 2010



During a brief declaration after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 24 March French president Nicolas Sarkozy said he was ‘ready to have a crisis in Europe rather than accept the dismantling of the common agricultural policy’. Underlining his commitment to not let the French agricultural sector die, he added that there was no question of ‘allowing speculation to fix erratic agricultural prices that would not allow our farmers to make a decent living from the fruit of their labour.’

It was by provoking a major political crisis known as the ‘empty chair policy’ that, between 1965 and 1966, General de Gaulle won the day on the strategic issue of agriculture.Rrefusing to accept any revision to the way the PAC was financed or to the role of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), and any modification to the principle of unanimous decision-making in favour of majority voting, General de Gaulle chose to suspend France’s participation in the meetings of the EEC Council of Ministers, thereby blocking all decisions. This ‘empty chair policy’ was the first major institutional crisis since the Treaty of Rome had come into effect in 1958, and it profoundly shook the EU. Nonetheless, France succeeded in getting the CAP strengthened and the European agricultural sector consolidated.

Is it once again necessary to provoke a major political and institutional crisis for the EU to recognise the strategic role agriculture plays and so maintain a policy guaranteeing its food independence? Let’s hope not. But if there is no alternative, then the determination of those who have the courage to stand up to defend such vital stakes as the food, independence and security of Europe and its citizens certainly deserves applauding.

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Paris, 24 April 2019