In a bid to secure a prominent agenda for young farmers in the new Commission, CEJA President Matteo Bartolini had his first official meeting with the new Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, today.
The CEJA President also explained the importance of building the right toolkit of measures to assist young people to gain entry to the farming sector particularly considering that agriculture has been placed under the umbrella of “Jobs, Growth and Investment and Competitiveness” in the new Commission priorities. In this respect, Mr. Bartolini underlined how much a European Bank Guarantee for young farmers, in cooperation with the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund, could help young people to overcome the huge problem of a lack of access to credit as well as the current limitations for access to land. He applauded the efforts made by the Italian Presidency on that front and noted that he will be looking forward to seeing the achievement of Council Conclusions during December Council.
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