Copa-Cogeca is holding a major 2012 Congress of European Farmers which will take place in Budapest at Inter Continental Hotel on October 2 and 3. The theme of the Congress 2012 is “The Future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): How European Farmers can ensure Food Security Innovatively and Profitably”. The aim of it is to debate the future of the CAP and to discuss in particular the European Commissions’ proposals on this, in a bid to ensure a profitable, competitive and innovative EU agriculture and agri-food sector.
We believe that European farmers and their cooperatives play a vital economic role in producing food and services for 500 million consumers. At the same time, they are being confronted with more and more challenges, notably extreme price volatility, costly regulations and obligations as well as the fight against climate change.
Copa-Cogeca is concerned that the Commission proposals to further green the CAP will add to these costs. That is why we have put forward our proposals for green growth which focus on measures which benefit the environment at the same time as maintaining agricultural production capacity. In the wake of growing food demand, an innovative and profitable CAP is more important than ever.
High-level speakers will participate in the Congress, including EU Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos who will outline progress and adjustments made on the proposals. Chairman of European Parliaments’ Agriculture and Rural Development Committee Paolo de Castro will also give his views on the future CAP and how to ensure food security in a sustainable and profitable way. The Cypriot Presidency will report on EU Council Work and Progress on the issue. Finally, Copa-Cogeca will give a detailed account of measures needed to ensure sustainable, profitable food production post-2013 .
The speakers will be complemented by high-level panel debates on how farmers can ensure food security in a profitable way and how internationalisation will deliver. In the evening of October 2, a gala dinner will be held in Budapest. On October 1, in preparation for the main plenary session, we will hold a series of thematic workshops which will discuss in detail Productivity and Profitability of European Agriculture Sector; Improving the Competitiveness of the Bio-Based Industry Value Chain; Food Chain: a new business ethics for fair commercial relationships; Women in Agriculture: How women can contribute to the food chain and employment in EU rural areas. In addition to this, the FAO and Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture will be holding a major event The diversity of agri-cooperatives in Europe and Central Asia: how can different experiences be shared and utilized from 13.30 to 17.00 hrs on October 3.Participants to the Congress of European Farmers are invited to join this event too.
We hope that you will use the opportunity to participate in this exciting event and debate with us the future of the Common Agricultural Policy.