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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New CAP: How far do we bury your heads in the sand?

December 1st, 2014

With a new milk crisis looming in some member states, voices are beginning to be heard on the need to rework the CAP. Some are playing the oracles, including the Irish economist Allan Matthews, who recently posted on his blog the possible scenarios concerning the CAP progress, and more specifically its lack of progress. The reality of agricultural markets could nevertheless preempt all who are gambling on a status quo.

For Allan Matthews, the mid-term revision (in 2016-2017) of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the adoption of more forceful regulation measures will hinge on the willingness of Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the Commission, and Phil Hogan, the new Commissioner for Agriculture.

In fact, it seems at first sight that a new CAP reform in 2020 is not included in the priorities assigned by Juncker to his Commissioner for Agriculture. He rather urges him to “stay within the frame”, that is to say ensure compliance with the budget––a shrinking agricultural budget that should be drastically be cut in the coming years according to some experts––carry out the implementation of the recently adopted reform, and simplify what can be simplified.

Consequently, the CAP is not the Juncker Commission’s priority task, which prefers to leave to Phil Hogan the assignment to address urgent issues, such as preparing for the elimination of milk quotas in 2015, implementing systems to fight the Russian embargo, and continuing the transatlantic negotiations, whose agricultural and food aspects are not easy to manage. If the situation so requires, Allan Matthews would focus on a CAP “patch up” rather than a new major reform.

Yet, the economist acknowledges that a new event might lead European decision makers to review their priorities. If we consider the intrinsic instability and uncertainty of these markets, such prospect is not to be excluded.

For the time being, the CAP recently voted for the next seven years totally ignores this extremely sensitive geostrategic environment and the new economic realities of agriculture.

It is in this sense that momagri is proposing a new strategic direction of the CAP through the upcoming publication of its White Paper. A 2020 CAP that would be overhauled around a counter-cyclical system, which would stabilize incomes at a reasonable global cost within the limitations of the multiannual financial outlook.

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