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 CAP and the Check Presidency of the European Union: a step forwards, a step backwards ?

05 January 2009



On January 1, 2009 the Check Republic succeeded France as president of the European Union. If the Check Minister for Agriculture Petr Gandalovic confirmed that “our highest priority is the continuation of the debate on the CAP”, their approach considerably differs from that of Michel Barnier: indeed, contrary to France which always campaigned in favour of a regulated agricultural policy, Prague takes a liberal stand, closer to the British sensitivity on the matter.

Although it signed the conclusions by the Agriculture Council on the future common agricultural policy proposed by France at the end of November, the Check Republic takes a radically different approach, fixing as its priority to centre the debate on “direct payments and their process” so as to make the CAP cheaper, more flexible and fairer”.

And the Swedish presidency which will follow the Check presidency during the second half of 2009 aught to strengthen this liberal inclination given that Stockholm has an even stronger “British” vision of agriculture than the Check Republic.

It is regrettable that agriculture is still the testing ground for a Europe lacking a political and economic project. As long as it keeps making a step forward and then a step backward it will never achieve the objectives fixed by Jean Monnet at the time of its creation. On the contrary it is certain that it will become a lot more fragile if the 27 failed to agree on an integrated policy for the European Union.

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