Today, 24 June 2014, exactly a week before Italy is due to take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Greece, the President of CEJA held a bilateral meeting with the Commissioner for Agriculture in Rome, Italy, in the context of the upcoming Presidency. A number of issues were discussed, including an overview of the recent CAP reform and CEJA’s future policy goals.
Mr. Bartolini and Commissioner Cioloș mulled over what has been achieved in the new Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 with the CEJA President thanking the Commissioner for his consistent support for young farmers. However, Mr Bartolini also urged the Commissioner to keep prioritising generational renewal in the European farming population, because much more needs to be done in the coming years if we are to reverse the currently unsustainable ageing trend in the sector.
The CEJA President also presented CEJA’s upcoming activities to the Commissioner, including a series of discussions in the run-up to EXPO2015 and a high-level conference planned in Brussels for the end of 2014 on ‘Access to Land and Credit’, in order to identify new and effective ways to help young people access the agricultural sector in the Union, beyond the CAP as well as within it.
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Jessica Fitch, Communications Officer, Tel: +32 (0)2 230 4210