WHAT IS CEJA

CEJA – the European Council of Young Farmers – is the voice of Europe’s next generation of farmers to the European institutions.

Acting as a forum for communication and dialogue between young farmers and European decision makers, CEJA’s main objective is to promote a younger and innovative agricultural sector across the EU 28 and to create good working and living conditions for young people setting up in farming and those who are already “Young Farmers”. [For more see our Young Farmers in the EU]. The main concerns of young farmers, and the focus of our activities in Brussels and beyond are issues concerning access to land, credit and production rights and strengthening education and training facilities for young people in rural areas. CEJA represents 2 million Young Farmers in Europe. Our membership spans across 24 EU Member States and 32 national member organisations, including an observer member from Serbia. We remain in regular contact with young farmers’ organisations, agricultural institutions and associations throughout Europe and worldwide. Over the years of CEJA’s work with and for young farmers and in order to amplify our message we have built strong links with various international youth organisations. CEJA has always claimed to be independent of any political ideology.

Ceja was established in Rome (Italy) in 1958 by organisations representing young farmers from all six founding members of the then still European Economic Community.

For decades CEJA has worked tirelessly to direct concerns of young farmers towards the European institutions and to influence the policy-making at the EU level. CEJA has co-organised numerous seminars, visits, coferences and authored dozens of reports. Among other activities, we have also been involved in the Exchange Programme for Young Farmers (PEJA) which allowed young people to experience the agricultural sector in another country, Tellus educational project which reached millions of European school children or, for example, in the school fruit scheme aimed at encouraging good eating habits of young people.
CEJA is a democratic international organisation governed by

General Assembly

Presidium

CEJA’s main decision making bodies

Presidency

which is made up of one President and four Vice-Presidents, elected for a two year term. The office is based in Brussels and is composed of several staff members.

MEET THE MEMBERS

    • 10.9 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      140 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      19.4 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 4 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      38 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      34.6 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 4.7%

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      157k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      10 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 1.7 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      35 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      3.1 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • DENMARK

      Denmark

      LANDBOUNGDOM

      2.5 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      38 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      68.4 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 3.9 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      183 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      84.7 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 8.8 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      472 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      58.7 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 6.8 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      285 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      58.6 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 6.1 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      491 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      9.5 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 6.3 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      140 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      35.5 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 5 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      82 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      23 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 5.6 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      172 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      16.7 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 3.8 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      9 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      1.2 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 3.1 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      67 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      27.4 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 4.8 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      631 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      5.4 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 8.1 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      24 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      80.7 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2013 **2013, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)
    • 4.8 %

      FARMERS UNDER 35

      72 k

      NUMBER OF HOLDINGS

      6.7 ha

      AVERAGE SIZE OF HOLDING

      *Source: Eurostat Farm Structure Survey 2010 **2010, Eurostat (Surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings)

MEET THE PRESIDENCY

Seán Finan (IE)

CEJA VICE PRESIDENT

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Born in 1983, Seán Finan is a young beef farmer from County Roscommon, in the west of Ireland. In early May 2017, he concluded his term as the 35th President of the Irish Young Farmers’ Organisation Macra na Feirme.  He has worked tirelessly in this role at a local, national and European level representing and advocating on behalf of Irish young farmers. During his presidency of Macra na Feirme,  he led an extensive consultation in Ireland with over 1,000 young farmers to develop the Macra na Feirme CAP 2020 Policy – Young Farmer Roadmap for Generational Renewal. Over the past two years he has regularly attended and contributed to the activities and position papers of CEJA.

Iris Bouwers (NL)

CEJA VICE PRESIDENT

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Born in 1993, Iris Bouwers is a young farmer from the Netherlands, actively farming in a partnership with her parents, in the north-eastern part of the country. They have a mixed farm, with arable land and fattening pigs. She herself is most passionate about the dispersed crops they grow, such as valerian and gluten-free oats. Over the past years Ms Bouwers has been actively involved in both national and EU agricultural policy and politics as the international representative of NAJK, the Dutch Young Farmers’ Organisation She is also involved in local politics as an elected councillor.

Jannes Maes (BE)

CEJA PRESIDENT

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Born in 1991, Jannes Maes grew up on a Flemish farm (dairy cattle, sheep and arable crops) in Aalter, East of Flanders and has been passionate about agriculture and horticulture since childhood. He later attended secondary agricultural education and then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture. Today, he works with his family on their dairy farm, cooperating with other farmers in collecting and processing their milk. For the last two years Mr Maes has served as Vice President of CEJA, and before that as the international representative of Groene Kring where he began to attend CEJA meetings. Mr Maes has been an active member of Groene Kring for several years, representing it at both regional and national level.  

Tomáš Ignác Fénix (CZ)

CEJA VICE PRESIDENT

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Born in 1980, Tomáš Ignác Fénix is a new entrant into farming. He has been running a 50 ha organic fruit and wine family farm in southern Moravia in the Znojmo/Znaim region close to the Austrian border since 2012. He has a degree in political science, is engaged in Central European cooperation projects, regional politics, and cooperates with agricultural and environmental institutions as part of his farm business. He is the foreign representative of SMA ČR and its delegate to CEJA since 2015. He has become involved in projects concerning short supply chains, origin labelling, reducing bureaucracy, farm processing and other diversification for sustainable farming. He is also in the process of rebuilding an old manor house to use for agritourism purposes.  

Christoph Daun (DE)

CEJA VICE PRESIDENT

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Born in 1988, Christoph Daun is a young dairy farmer from Germany. In cooperation with his brother and father, he runs their family farm. The farm is located in the Eifel mountain range in western Germany next to the border of Belgium and Luxembourg. As a board member of the German Young Farmers’ Organisation (BDL), he was responsible for their representation within CEJA. He has regularly participated in CEJA meetings and is therefore familiar with CEJA’s structures and network.

MEET THE CEJA TEAM

Alessia Musumarra

Alessia is the Secretary General of CEJA and has spent most of her professional life working in the realm of agriculture and policymaking at the EU level. She worked for over seven years in the Brussels Office of the Italian Confederation of Farmers. She is originally from Italy and holds a Masters degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Turin, and speaks fluent French. She has also attended training courses entitled ‘EU funding course’ and ‘Communications and Management of Institutional Relations’.

Natalia Skupska

Natalia Skupska is a project officer and she has been part of the CEJA team for more than 4 years. She is an active practitioner of the PRINCE 2 Project Management Qualification and she is currently involved in a number of European projects that CEJA is a partner to. She is a Polish national with a BA degree in Spanish and German from Aberystwyth University in the UK. She also holds an MSc degree in International Business Management – with a specialisation in small and medium sized enterprises and female entrepreneurship – from the University of Wales.

Fiona Lally

Fiona is CEJA’s Press Officer. She holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, where her final project was a multimedia piece about generational renewal in farming. Fiona was born in Brussels to Irish and Italian parents, but has spent the last 7 years living in different European countries. Before becoming interested in media and communications, she studied languages and literature. She is fluent in English, French and Italian.

Kevin Daly

Kevin is CEJA’s Project and Communications Assistant, having joined the team in August 2017. He holds a BA in Applied Languages from the University of Limerick, and worked at Paris Nanterre University before returning to his native Ireland to complete an MSc in International Public Policy and Diplomacy at University College Cork. Prior to joining CEJA Kevin completed a traineeship at the European Movement International, also in Brussels.