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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Reforming the CAP: Another CAP is possible!

June 11, 2012

The French Government has reiterated France’s commitment to oppose any budget reduction for the post-2013 CAP.

European Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve thus stated that altering the budget earmarked for the CAP is not an available option, and Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll keeps repeating statements to that effect: “Maintaining and permanently improving [CAP] is [a] key political issue”, and “the agricultural and food issue is both paramount and strategic for Europe.”

Accordingly, such is the position that Stéphane Le Foll will have to defend at the Council of Agriculture Ministers next June 18 and 19, against some representatives from member-states that are not all in favor of maintaining the CAP budget for the 2014-20 period, like the United Kingdom.

While agricultural price volatility could remain high and agricultural markets continue to be especially turbulent, let us hope that Bernard Cazeneuve and Stéphane Le Foll will succeed in convincing their European counterparts that it is imperative to provide the CAP with a budget matching the challenges of European agriculture––ensuring food security for a growing population, safeguarding natural resources and strengthening the vitality of rural areas.

But maintaining the CAP budget is not the only issue that must be defended. So that the CAP meets its objectives––starting with guaranteeing adequately stable and lucrative revenues for European farmers––it is also imperative to review the proposals currently on the drafting table, which do not include any mechanism for market regulation and agricultural price stabilization.

Taking into account the budgetary uncertainties concerning the European Union financing prospects––uncertainties that frame the current CAP discussions––and MEPs’ concerns on the relevance of the Commission’s proposal, no decision will be formally made before 2014. Consequently, now is not too late to include in the future CAP the genuine regulation mechanisms called for by most farmers.

This is what momagri advocates when it states that another CAP is possible, a CAP that better protects European agriculture by fighting the consequences of price volatility, while keeping spending within the budget proposed by the European Commission.

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