CAP Health Check prospects for 2013 regarding food and environment issues
CAP Seminar, Thursday 12 June 2008
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Since the Common Agriculture Policy was overhauled in 1992 to create a system of direct payments as a means of offsetting falling prices, it has undergone several additional reforms. The CAP is currently the object of a "health check" which should culminate at the end of
Aims of the seminar
1. To examine the health check from the point of view of society’s needs.
2. To discuss the health check and the future of the CAP amongst European Civil Society Organisations.
3. To map out a strategy for action by the different stakeholders, on the basis of their commonalities. This strategy must take account of the agendas of the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament
9.00-9.15 General presentation of the program and aims of the seminar (PFSA)
9.15-9.35 The Health Check and its limitations - JF Sneessens, UCL, Belgium.
The Commission’s “heath check” is geared towards confirming the orientations adopted in 1992 and 2003. There is no global diagnosis, no impact analysis of previous reforms regarding decoupling and the abandonment of regulatory instruments. What are the risks of this trend? What are the external constraints? What are the possible evolutions? What could be the alternative health check?
9.45-10.00 Society’s needs and the Health Check
The CAP needs to be realigned with society’s needs. This means considering the principal roles of agriculture, i.e. providing our food, contributing to the national and European economies, providing jobs, managing a large proportion of the land, managing natural resources and landscapes, as well as its impact on global food security and on other countries. Combining these roles is far from easy and cannot be achieved without proper discussion between the stakeholders.
Gérard Choplin coordinator of European Farmers’ Coordination
Philippe Pointereau environment expert Solagro (France).
Laurent Paquin Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d’exploitants Agricoles (France).
11.30-12.30 Importance of the market regulation instruments in the reform process
Agriculture cannot be left to "market forces", yet in the wake of the deregulation instigated by the Agreement on Agriculture (WTO) and previous reforms; the European Commission now intends to cut protective and regulatory instruments. We need to discuss these options and present arguments so that a choice can be made, free from the influence of ideology.
Fabio Garavelli, Associazione Nazionale Giovani Agricoltori, ANGA (Italy).
Alex Danau Collectif Statégie Alimentaire CSA - PFSA (Belgium)
- 14.00-16.45 Strategy and points of convergence at European level
The health check is being presented as a mid-term review but will be much further-reaching. It will need to second guess the effects of budgetary constraints, the completion of the Doha Round, the 2013 overhaul of the CAP, various price scenarios and the general public and
14h00-14h20 Strategy of the French Presidency in the Council and Commission and the Strategy of European Civil Society Organizations (Samuel Ferret – RAD et PF française)
14h20-14h30 plenary comments
14h30-15h45 Multi-stakeholder, multisectoral, international working groups on strategies and issues.
The different working groups will look for convergence on the morning thematic and on future strategies.
16.15-16.45 Feedback from working groups
16.45-17.00 Points of convergence from the different working groups
17.00-17.30 Final discussions and conclusions