Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, wants to hear the views of young farmers on the future of European agriculture. The Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development therefore organised a day of dialogue in Brussels. Young Farmers from all over Europe were invited to participate.
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has undergone a number of reforms, the most substantial beginning in 2003. In 2008/9 there will be a further reflection on the future of the CAP. The first step will be a "Health Check" to assess whether the reformed CAP is working as it should and whether any adjustments should be made. The second step, as part of the 2008/9 European Union budget review, will be an analysis of what the CAP should look like after 2013.
This day was part of the stakeholder consultations that are being organised in preparation of these important events. The key element of the day was to allow for an exchange of views with young farmers and for them to provide their visions and expectations for the future of European farming as a producer of food and as an important player in rural communities both in terms of the rural economy and the preservation of landscapes.
Whilst participation in the event was by invitation only,everybody interested could watch it live on their computers as the conference was webstreamed via the internet – and give their view by sending in comments on Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel's blog.
What will be required of tomorrow's farmers by the retail sector, the processing industries and consumers and will they be able to compete?
This workshop focuses on the vital role that agriculture plays as a provider of current and future public goods and services for Europe's society and the sustainable development of rural areas.
This workshop explores innovative ideas, the use of new technology, new uses for agricultural products, alternative crops, energy crops etc.
Presentation of workshop results by the rapporteurs:
Concluding remarks: Commissioner Mariann FISCHER BOEL