On Monday 15 December 2014 CEJA young farmer representatives from across the EU met in Brussels to discuss their position on TTIP. The working group also featured speakers on the subject of the European Commission’s new promotion rules and new Horizon 2020 objectives including an overview of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI). The meeting also featured deputy Commissioner for EXPO 2015, Giancarlo Caratti, presenting preparations for the global event as well as potential opportunities for CEJA involvement and the importance of young farmers to theme. Taking place next door to the AGRIFISH Council, Italian Farm Minister and current President of the Council Maurizio Martina was able to address CEJA young farmers during the working group too, announcing the successful adoption of Presidency Conclusions on young farmers (you can find out more here: http://www.ceja.eu/ceja-hails-presidency-conclusions-young-farmers/). Marking the last CEJA meeting of 2014, members had the opportunity to reflect on past achievements as well as future challenges over a Christmas cocktail reception following the meeting which featured a number of high level officials.

Finally, the working group meeting was followed by a CEJA visit to the Bekina plant the following day, where they were able to tour the wellington boot making plant and learn about the importance of high quality boots for farmers in Europe. Find out more about Bekina boots here: http://www.bekina.be/en