The producers require a solid CAP as lever to competitors of Mercosur
July 30, 2010
On July 20, the Committee of community cooperatives and agricultural organisations (Copa-Cogeca) demanded a common agricultural policy (Cap) solid to protect European producers of competitors from the countries of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). The request was made at the Conference which held the European Commission (EC) within the consultations on the reform of the CAP to be applied after 2013. In particular, farmers call for a strong policy as well as the maintenance of the aid to deal with increasingly stringent standards of the EU, the increasing volatility of the prices as well as support to produce food for the 500 million EU consumers. In this regard, the President of the Cup (agricultural organisations), Padraig Walshe, criticized the contradictions of Community policies. Policies that advocate a green cap with a growing environmental regulation and food safety to the Europeans while the own EC opens negotiations with the Mercosur countries, which do not meet these requirements. Basically, Walshe made reference to the possible opening to the agri-food products of Brazil, where pesticides and hormones for livestock, banned in the EU are allowed. In his view, this will give standing to increased deforestation in the countries of Mercosur and a growth of unemployment in rural areas of the European Union. In addition, the President of the Cup stopped in other factors that lead to the critical situation experienced by European farmers, as the fall of income (12%) in 2009; the upward trend in prices and offers from the EU to reduce tariffs on imports of agricultural products, 60%, in international negotiations on the liberalization of world trade. The imposition of more expensive regulations as well as cuts in aid of the common agricultural policy will contribute to the Agriculture of the EU to become more intensive. For its part, the President of Cogeca (cooperatives), Paolo Bruni, has asked that not are threatening the 28 million jobs that the agri-food sector provides at present in rural areas, already at risk of disappearing due to the abandonment of farms.