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CAP Post-2020: Making it work for farmers, rural areas and consumers


CAP Post-2020: Making it work for farmers, rural areas and consumers

‘Vibrant rural areas’ is one of the post-2020 Common Agriculture Policy (CAP)’s nine objectives in the European Commission’s proposal presented in June 2018. Farmers, being at the heart of rural societies in Europe, play an important role in diversifying rural economies and boosting its communities.

Nowadays, EU farm income is still significantly below the average income of other sectors. Consequently, the agricultural sector is generally considered less attractive than other sectors, resulting in the EU facing a continuing loss of its agricultural workforce.

In order to meet the economic, environmental and social challenges of the 21st century, rural areas must ensure the competitiveness of agriculture, while fostering the sustainable management of natural resources and tackling climate change effects.

Increasing competitiveness of the entire sector at international level can be guaranteed by improving high quality agriculture in Europe, in particular through investment aid. Helping farmers to secure investments would guarantee a fair revenue in the short-term and ensure productivity gains in the long run. This is clearly linked to innovation and digitisation, both fundamental elements for boosting productivity and leading to higher standards of living in rural areas.

EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Stakeholder Forum to discuss the economic effects of the CAP in rural areas after 2020. Questions will include:

-What challenges does the new generation face when attempting to enter EU farming?
-Innovation and digitisation have reduced the workforce across sectors. Should a similar trend be expected in agriculture?
-How are direct payments changing with the new CAP? What effects can be expected to farmers’ quality of life?
-Do environmental challenges offer business opportunities to increase farmers’ revenues?

DISCLAIMER: This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Pierre Bascou, Director, Sustainability and income support, DG AGRI, European Commission
Thomas Waitz MEP, European Parliament
Nikša Tkalec, Spokesperson, Special Committee on Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia
Jannes Maes, President, European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)
Célia Nyssens, Policy Officer for Agriculture, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)


Gerardo Fortuna, Agrifood & Health Reporter, EURACTIV


17:00 – 17:30 Registration
17:30 – 18:00 Opening statements
18:00 – 19:00 Discussion and Q&A
19:00 – 20:00 Networking cocktail


Teresa Dominguez
+32 (0) 2 788 36 93