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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The 2014-2020 CAP: When simplifying shapes the future
of European agriculture

May 18, 2015

The year 2015 will also be the first year during which the CAP will be fully implemented. To that end, the EU ministers of agriculture adopted on May 11 the conclusions on the simplification of the new CAP. Yet, these conclusions are supporting nothing else but the status quo between the member states that support a mid-term reconsideration of the CAP and those that want to preserve the brittle achievements of the June 26, 2013 political agreement on the CAP reform.

The text of the compromise advocates:
    - “providing greater flexibility for Member States' implementation and removing unnecessary rules and procedures concerning safety net measures such as private storage and public intervention, as well as modernising the system of trade mechanisms”;

    - “Assessing the legal feasibility of making the application of crisis instruments optional for Member States when only small volumes of products are involved”.
This flexibility––advocated by the EU Council and turned into a watchword for the 28 member states––mostly means the implementation of an “a la carte” CAP that is still increasingly less common, and might even turn to be no longer agricultural over time. Because simplifying the CAP does not necessarily involves restoring its meaning, quite the contrary. This ambiguous term could be an excuse to justify decoupling subsidies and continuing the dismantling of the defense and support policy. As a result, there are two types of simplifications: One is technical and the other is political.

While the legal and administrative clarification is a fairly significant step, the political simplification measures might, on the contrary, subject farmers to climate and market hazards by eliminating the nonetheless crucial regulatory tools, or by letting member states the option to use them or, on the contrary, to rely on the sole market forces.

For momagri, giving a new strategic direction to the common agricultural policy is an absolute necessity. Consequently, we advocate transferring the funds budgeted to decoupled direct payments toward counter-cyclical mechanisms. This solutions is budgetary feasible and economically beneficial since:
    - Farmers’ incomes would be stabilized at levels covering production costs,

    - Crisis situations could be managed through counter-cyclical systems.

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