CEJA has strongly welcomed the written question on young farmers submitted to the European Commission by a number of prominent members of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development. MEPs Paolo de Castro, Albert Dess, Jens Rohde, James Nicholson, Matt Carthy, Janusz Wojciechowski and COMAGRI Chair Czeslaw Siekierski, all threw their weight behind the written submission on measures to support young farmers.
Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, has been questioned on the issue of lack of access to credit for young farmers and particularly on details about the possibility for cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB). CEJA has being publicly calling for a closer cooperation with the EIB and the European Investment Fund (EIF) in order to create a European Bank Guarantee for young farmers.
“I am delighted to see the European Parliament sending out such a strong message for support for young farmers” stated CEJA President Matteo Bartolini, continuing: “It is promising to see MEPs standing by our proposal for the creation of a European Bank Guarantee for young farmers and promoting measures to improve access to land, thereby confirming their commitment to the cause of generational renewal in EU farming, particularly considering their influence on EU agricultural policy-making.The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has shown young farmers substantial support in recent years and we hope that Ministers in the Council will embrace this proposal put forward by the Italian presidency”.
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