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Investment in agriculture, growth and jobs: What role for the CAP?

26-04-2016

Investment in agriculture, growth and jobs: What role for the CAP?

In the EU, agriculture directly employs more than 10 million farmers. More than 77% of the Union’s territory is rural and home to half of its population. Overall, Europe’s agri-food industry accounts for 46 million jobs in 15 million businesses, accounting for 6% of the EU’s GDP.

However, agriculture is today facing many challenges, from an aging farm population, to need of investment, to the need to protect the environment. The Common Agricultural Policy has recently been reformed to respond to the current challenges. The CAP also aims at promoting economic growth and job creation in the agri-food sector.

Questions included:
- How is the CAP promoting the maintenance and creation of jobs in the agri sector?
- European farming needs investment, where is it going precisely? How does it boost growth?
- What measures are being put in place to support young farmers? What do young farmers need?
- How can innovation and modernisation in agriculture support rural development?
- Where do we expect growth to come from?

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Location

Renaissance Hotel
Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels

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Speakers

Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director-General, DG AGRI.
Matt Carthy MEP, Member of AGRI Committee, European Parliament
Matej Hudec, Head of Agriculture and Fisheries Unit, Permanent Representation of Slovakia.
Alan Jagoe, President, European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA). (CEETTAR).
Arnd Spahn, Secretary for the Agriculture Sector, European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism (EFFAT).
Francesca Bignami, Manager Economic Affairs, FoodDrinkEurope.

Schedule

15.40 – 16.00 Registration
16.00 – 17.00 Discussion
17.00 – 18.00 Q&A and conclusion
18.00 – 18.30 Networking reception

Contact

Irene Marchi
eadebates@euractiv.com
+32 (0)2 226 58 23