In the United States, a group of more than 80 agricultural organizations have sent a letter to the committees in charge of Agriculture at the House of Deputies and the Senate, rejecting the idea of a postponement of agricultural reform and demanding a new Farm Bill for 2012.
In Europe, the prospect of reform postponement was also raised1 in late 2011, another reminder that the ongoing reforms of American and European agricultural policies generate similar debates2.
Effectively, debates on agricultural policy are taking place in a very difficult financial context on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States as in many EU countries, public debt has exploded and fiscal discipline has become a necessity. In both cases, agriculture is directly affected by efforts to reduce expenses.
Consequently, in late 2011, the “Supercomitee” in charge of reducing deficits in the United States proposed a cut of 23 billion dollars for the next Farm Bill. Meanwhile, President Obama put forward the idea of a 32 billion dollar reduction last 13th February. In Europe, though the Commission ruled in favor of maintaining the CAP budget, it is likely that the Council decides to reduce it, under pressure from a certain number of Member States3.
In the United States as in Europe, this financial context makes negotiations very difficult, because it raises several crucial questions: How can we ensure the maximum effectiveness of each invested Euro or Dollar? Ultimately, how can we achieve more with less?
The proposal made by Dacian Ciolos does not provide any tangible response. It is however possible to achieve these objectives and this is the whole purpose of momagri’s proposal on the CAP, which will be presented at the next Agricultural Show.
1 Please see momagri’s article “Could the new CAP planned for 2013 be postponed?”, http://www.momagri.org/UK/a-look-at-the-news/Could-the-new-CAP-planned-for-2013-be-postponed-_915.html
2 Please see momagri’s article “2012 Farm Bill: Will Current Premises Match the Reality of the Future?”, http://www.momagri.org/UK/points-of-view/2012-Farm-Bill-Will-Current-Premises-Match-the-Reality-of-the-Future-_1038.html
3 Please see momagri’s article “Budgetary discipline threatens the post-2013 CAP budget”, http://www.momagri.org/UK/a-look-at-the-news/Budgetary-discipline-threatens-the-post-2013-CAP-budget_1020.html