CEJA has insisted on the need for stability for young farmers in a statement published prior to the Brexit Summit in Brussels on 25 November. CEJA believes the EU remains in the best position to strengthen EU agriculture and help tackle current and future challenges that young farmers face.

“Stability is a priority for both EU and UK young farmers. CEJA is calling for a comprehensive deal between the EU and the UK to ensure this stability can be achieved. We strongly believe that the European Union is best-placed to bolster EU agriculture and help deal with the difficulties that young farmers have to overcome. With that in mind, any deal must be reached with the assurance of an enhanced CAP budget,” said CEJA President Jannes Maes.

In the statement, CEJA calls for particular attention to be given to Northern Ireland and Gibraltar where a focus on regulatory alignment in trade practices and customs regulations across borders, thereby ensuring frictionless trade, is an important factor in the safeguarding of the future interests of EU and UK young farmers.

CEJA fully intends to continue its cooperation with young farmers from the UK on exchanges of best practices and information, but also in terms of collaboration on research and innovation initiatives.

CEJA’s Brexit statement can be accessed here.

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CEJA represents the political interests of around two million young farmers from across Europe. Its main objectives are to facilitate the installation of young farmers, to inform and to train them as well as act as a forum for communication and dialogue between them.

For further information: Fiona Lally, Communications Officer, Tel: +32 (0)2 230 4210 / Email: pressofficer@ceja.eu / Website: www.ceja.eu