Workshop program and presentations- 31 March & 1 April 2010
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The workshop « Can the CAP manage without market regulation after 2013? » was organized by the Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires with the support of the Belgian Platform on Food Sovereignty (PFSA) in the framework of preparation of the Belgian presidency of the European Union.
The workshop has been attended by a public of different stakeholders of the Common Agriculture Policy: farmers representatives, development and environmental NGO’s, consumers’ associations, academics and decision makers of the various areas of the European Union.
The two days of the seminar were organized around the following question: is an effective agricultural policy conceivable without being based on markets regulation?
The day of March 31 was directed towards the more political aspects: “Does the EU political agenda meet the societal ambitions and objectives of the CAP?” The day of April 1 was directed towards the more technical aspects: “What combination of instruments to regulate agricultural markets and income-related and other forms of aids are necessary to achieve the CAP’s objectives ?”.
The speaker’s presentations are available hereunder. The complete report of the workshop will be available soon!
PROGRAM – MARCH 31, 2010
Does the EU political agenda meet the societal ambitions and objectives of the CAP?
08h00-09h00 Arrival of participants : inscription, badges, coffee
Session 1 Changes in farm structures and institutional and political relations within the EU. Where do we stand?
09h30-09h50 If markets are not regulated with a view to fostering sustainable structures (size and number of farms, concentration), then the structures adapt to the market instead. Changes over recent decades and current situation. By Niek Koning, Professor at the University of Wageningen - Netherlands
Session 2 Are the original objectives of the CAP still in keeping with society’s expectations? Do people in the EU still feel that the objectives of the CAP set out in the EU treaties are justified? Do the objectives need to be adapted or reinterpreted?
11h00-11h20 Has a changing CAP safeguarded the viability of family farming? By Yves Somville, Director of the research department, Walloon Agricultural Federation (FWA) - Belgium
Session 3 What kind of CAP will the EU institutions agree on ?
14h00-14h20 Presentation of the EU agenda and the different currents and balances within the European Parliament. By Marc Tarabella, European deputy, Commission member for Agriculture and rural development.
14h20-14h40 What role can the Belgian presidency play in reinforcing instruments for regulation in the post 2013 CAP? By José Renard, General inspector of European policies and international agreements department, DGA, Wallonia - Belgium
Session 4 Is it possible to achieve the objectives of the CAP without market regulation ?
15h40-17h00 Debate with civil society - Panel
PROGRAM – APRIL 1, 2010
What combination of instruments to regulate agricultural markets and income-related and other forms of aids are necessary to achieve the CAP’s objectives?
08h30-09h00 Arrival of participants, coffee
Session 1 The need to return to regulating agri-food markets
09h10-09h30 Definitions, objectives and instruments. By Jean-François Sneessens, professor at the agronomic science faculty of the Catholic University of Louvain, secretary of the Belgian Confederation of sugar producers(CBB), Belgium
Session 2 Regulation and international markets
10h50-11h10 Stocks and cooperation on international markets. By Sophia Murphy, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) - USA
Session 3 The new instruments
12h15-12h35 The new tools proposed by the Commission (futures markets, income insurance, production under contract, etc. By Jean-Marc Boussard, Economist, INRA – France
Session 4 Direct aids
14h00-14h20 Modulation, distribution, capping, transmission, conditionalities, etc. all raise questions about the long-term justification of direct aids. By Philippe Burny, CRA-W, scientific attaché, professor at Ulg - Belgium
Conclusion: Aren’t regulation and the recoupling of income-related aids the instruments for the post 2013 CAP?