Workshop program and presentations- 31 March & 1 April 2010

Julie Flament, 10 March 2010

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The workshop « Can the CAP manage without market regulation after 2013? » was organized by the Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires with the support of the Belgian Platform on Food Sovereignty (PFSA) in the framework of preparation of the Belgian presidency of the European Union.

The workshop has been attended by a public of different stakeholders of the Common Agriculture Policy: farmers representatives, development and environmental NGO’s, consumers’ associations, academics and decision makers of the various areas of the European Union.

The two days of the seminar were organized around the following question: is an effective agricultural policy conceivable without being based on markets regulation?

The day of March 31 was directed towards the more political aspects: “Does the EU political agenda meet the societal ambitions and objectives of the CAP?” The day of April 1 was directed towards the more technical aspects: “What combination of instruments to regulate agricultural markets and income-related and other forms of aids are necessary to achieve the CAP’s objectives ?”.

The speaker’s presentations are available hereunder. The complete report of the workshop will be available soon!

PROGRAM – MARCH 31, 2010

Does the EU political agenda meet the societal ambitions and objectives of the CAP?

- 08h00-09h00 Arrival of participants : inscription, badges, coffee
- 09h20-09h30 Introduction

Session 1 Changes in farm structures and institutional and political relations within the EU. Where do we stand?

- 09h30-09h50 If markets are not regulated with a view to fostering sustainable structures (size and number of farms, concentration), then the structures adapt to the market instead. Changes over recent decades and current situation. By Niek Koning, Professor at the University of Wageningen - Netherlands
- 10h00-10h20 Discussion

Session 2 Are the original objectives of the CAP still in keeping with society’s expectations? Do people in the EU still feel that the objectives of the CAP set out in the EU treaties are justified? Do the objectives need to be adapted or reinterpreted?

- 11h00-11h20 Has a changing CAP safeguarded the viability of family farming? By Yves Somville, Director of the research department, Walloon Agricultural Federation (FWA) - Belgium
- 11h20-11h40 Are self-sufficiency and the availability of food in sufficient quantities and of sufficient quality still important issues for people in the EU? By Jacques Carles, general delegate of Momagri - France
- 11h40-12h00 Can increased productivity and technical progress in agriculture help fight climate change and meet new needs of society such as preserving biodiversity and attending to animal welfare? By Samuel Féret, coordinator of « PAC 2013 » group, France
- 12h00-13h00 Discussion

Session 3 What kind of CAP will the EU institutions agree on ?

- 14h00-14h20 Presentation of the EU agenda and the different currents and balances within the European Parliament. By Marc Tarabella, European deputy, Commission member for Agriculture and rural development.

- 14h20-14h40 What role can the Belgian presidency play in reinforcing instruments for regulation in the post 2013 CAP? By José Renard, General inspector of European policies and international agreements department, DGA, Wallonia - Belgium
- 14h40-15h20 Discussion

Session 4 Is it possible to achieve the objectives of the CAP without market regulation ?

- 15h40-17h00 Debate with civil society - Panel
Can the CAP’s objectives be achieved without market regulation? (About structures, price levels, food sovereignty, primacy of food over biofuels, protecting the environment, etc.)


What combination of instruments to regulate agricultural markets and income-related and other forms of aids are necessary to achieve the CAP’s objectives?

- 08h30-09h00 Arrival of participants, coffee
- 09h00-09h10 Introduction

Session 1 The need to return to regulating agri-food markets

- 09h10-09h30 Definitions, objectives and instruments. By Jean-François Sneessens, professor at the agronomic science faculty of the Catholic University of Louvain, secretary of the Belgian Confederation of sugar producers(CBB), Belgium
- 09h30-09h50 Internal market management and constraints due to the WTO. By Marc Rosiers, Advisor of the Board of Directors at Boerenbond - Belgium
- 09h50-10h30 Discussion

Session 2 Regulation and international markets
How can a better balance be achieved on international markets ?

- 10h50-11h10 Stocks and cooperation on international markets. By Sophia Murphy, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) - USA
- 11h10-11h30 Market Regulation Internationally. By Tom Lines, freelance consultant in international agricultural markets - UK
- 11h30-12h15 Discussion

Session 3 The new instruments

- 12h15-12h35 The new tools proposed by the Commission (futures markets, income insurance, production under contract, etc. By Jean-Marc Boussard, Economist, INRA – France
- 12h35-13h00 Discussion

Session 4 Direct aids

- 14h00-14h20 Modulation, distribution, capping, transmission, conditionalities, etc. all raise questions about the long-term justification of direct aids. By Philippe Burny, CRA-W, scientific attaché, professor at Ulg - Belgium
- 14h20-14h40 Are direct aids sure to be compatible with the Agreement on Agriculture? Is there any danger of their being challenged through a panel (subsidising of inputs, cross subsidization)? Would they be neutral in their effects on the exporting capacity of the EU? By Jacques Berthelot, Economist - France
- 14h40-15h40 Discussion

Conclusion: Aren’t regulation and the recoupling of income-related aids the instruments for the post 2013 CAP?
- 16h00-17h15 Discussion - Panel

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