06/05/2014
Athens, Greece

PRESS RELEASE

CEJA President Matteo Bartolini has called for increased employment creation in European agriculture in order to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of the sector at the Informal Agriculture Council in Athens, Greece. In his address to Commissioner Cioloş and all 28 EU farm ministers on 6 May 2014, Mr Bartolini commended the Greek Presidency for their working document on “Transforming European agricultural diversity into strength” and its emphasis on young farmers and the need for better youth employment rates in the sector.

The first informal Council to take place since the adoption of the final Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) regulations and its delegated acts, the CEJA President thanked the Ministers for the final CAP outcome having identified the need for young farmer support as a priority across all 28 Member States. However, he concluded by saying that it was now time to look to the future, as young farmers are “ready to take up the challenge” of strengthening the EU farming sector, they just need to be given the right job opportunities.

ENDS

For further information:
Jessica Fitch, Communications Officer, Tel: +32 (0)2 230 4210
E-mail: pressofficer@ceja.eu
www.ceja.eu