CEJA welcomes the ‘Draft Report on the implementation of CAP young farmers’ tools in the EU after the 2013 reform’ outlined by MEP Nicola Caputo (S&D) and presented today during the European Parliament’s AGRI Committee meeting.

Mr Caputo stressed the need for ambition regarding young farmers and that policy-makers should use an “intelligent approach” when dealing with these issues.

The document highlights key points that CEJA has been campaigning for in its position papers including improved access to land and credit, encouraging knowledge transfer and succession planning, the setting up of more advisory services and the reduction of administrative barriers for young farmers.

“The report well outlines the need for strategic choices like the definition of an active farmer. These, in combination with specific young farmer measures, are necessary to facilitate the entry of young people into the sector” said CEJA President Jannes Maes.

CEJA urges MEPs to support it in promoting the above-mentioned measures and report, particularly in the context of the discussions with the European Commission concerning ‘The Future of Food and Farming’ communication and the CAP post-2020. The measures are essential in supporting young farmers and ensuring generational renewal in the agricultural sector takes place.

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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, Press Officer, Tel: +32 (0)2 230 4210 / E-mail: pressofficer@ceja.eu / Website: www.ceja.eu