On 8 September 2015, the CEJA General Assembly met at the EXPO 2015 in Milan, Italy in order to elect a new President and four new Vice-Presidents for the next mandate of 2015-2017. Almost all of CEJA’s 32 member organisations were represented at the meeting and elected Alan Jagoe, former CEJA Vice-President and young dairy farmer from Ireland, to be the new President of the organisation for the next two years with 85% of the vote. Mr Jagoe’s team will be made up of four Vice-Presidents including Alice Cerutti (IT), Juha Tenho (FI), Radek Nienartowicz (PL) and Jannes Maes (BE).
Mr. Jagoe, previously President of his own young farmer organisation Macra na Feirme from 2011 to 2013, is a 30 year-old dairy, beef and arable young farmer from Carrigaline, Co. Cork in Ireland. He went straight from being President of Macra na Feirme to Vice-President of CEJA in 2013, and is therefore duly experienced in high-level young farmer representation. Mr. Jagoe has been instrumental in conducting studies and reports into “Land Mobility” and has carried out significant work on the CAP reform in Ireland, and is therefore well-prepared for the Brussels policy arena in relation to agriculture and young farmers. The CEJA Presidential elections followed a goodbye speech from outgoing President Matteo Bartolini, recounting the achievements of his team over the last two years and underlining his continued commitment to support for young farmers across Europe. Mr. Bartolini was particularly pleased that a member of his own team has been elected to succeed him as President for the next two years in order to carry on the work already begun.
Commenting on his new post just moments after being elected with 106 votes out of 124, Mr. Jagoe thanked all the delegations for their support, saying “I am immensely proud to have been elected by the hard-working young farmers present at this meeting here today. It is to the livelihoods of these CEJA members and those you represent that I pledge my allegiance, commitment and determination throughout my mandate in order to build on progress already made by CEJA in recent years. Having been a CEJA Vice-President for the last two years, I believe I can continue the work on CAP that has already begun and take it even further in view of the next reform and other upcoming developments for young farmers.”
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