Following today’s vote on the CAP Strategic Plans report, CEJA remains disappointed at the lack of ambition shown for generational renewal in the agricultural sector despite it being one of the key objectives in the future Policy. The vote itself was welcome because it is important that farmers face as little uncertainty as possible in terms of the implementation of the future CAP.

The measures for generational renewal outlined in the report will be insufficient to ensure young farmers enter and remain in the sector. According to the report, the secured budget for young farmers’ measures will only apply to the Complementary Income Support for Young Farmers, whereas crucial Pillar II instruments that assist young farmers in setting up will have no guarantee of a fixed financial allocation, while also becoming available to new farmers and rural businesses.

“Though there was a lack of ambition shown towards young farmers in the CAP Strategic Plans report, CEJA has remained committed to raising awareness about the challenges young farmers face and what the future CAP can do to help them throughout the discussions. We hope that incoming MEPs will take steps to ensure concrete measures are implemented to help young farmers face future challenges,” said CEJA President Jannes Maes.

CEJA remains willing to collaborate with the three EU institutions in the coming months to ensure young farmers are adequately assisted.

Generational renewal is fundamental to the future of the agricultural sector. Not providing sufficiently for young farmers now is a missed opportunity that could profoundly damage farming in the long-run.

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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 / E-mail: pressofficer@ceja.eu / Website: www.ceja.eu