At the Berlaymont building of the European Commission, dozens of young people from the EU-wide Climate Movement again demonstrated against the new CAP agricultural policy. Just like the past two weekends, the young people again handed out pamphlets to passers-by.
According to the climate youth, the new CAP does not combat the climate crisis. On the other hand, the European umbrella organization for young farmers (CEJA) is calling on opponents of the CAP reform to stop protesting and to think about improvements within the framework of the legal texts on the table today.
Last week, both the European Parliament and the Council of LNV ministers adopted their positions on a desired modernization of the European common agricultural policy. But those positions are considerably less far-reaching than the proposal of the European Commission.
The left-wing groups in the European Parliament therefore voted against the weakening, and have now, together with Climate and Environment groups, called for the entire proposal to be withdrawn.
About a third of the EU budget will go to agricultural policy over the next seven years, but according to the climate youth that only contributes to further loss of biodiversity by “promoting intensive monoculture farming with the use of pesticides”. The organization wants to continue to increase the pressure on European policymakers in the coming weeks with online and offline campaigns.
European agricultural youth are also not satisfied with the current texts of the new agricultural policy. They call this "a non-legal vision text drawn up by a small group of people in the Berlaymont building, which shows an inaccurate and incomplete vision of the reality, dynamics and ambitions of 21st century agriculture".
But that does not mean that young farmers are ignorant of the objectives of the European Green Deal. Young farmers also say they want to defend the current status quo.
Young farmers' organizations have always been a critical but constructive voice in the debate, it is said. “For us, too, the proposed reform does not fully meet the ideas and vision we have for the future of European agriculture,” he said.