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Copa and Cogeca are the united voice of farmers and agri-cooperatives in the EU. Together, we ensure that EU agriculture is sustainable, innovative and competitive, while guaranteeing food security for 500 million people throughout Europe. 

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Copa Vice-President Presents at IPM Webinar

On the 4th of May 2021, the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development hosted a webinar titled ‘Further improving farming sustainability via Integrated Pest Management: Challenges & opportunities ahead’. Which discussed reliable EU strategies on plant protection products. The event was hosted by MEP Norbert Lins (EPP), MEP Ulrike Müller (Renew Europe) and MEP Sarah Wiener (Greens/EFA) with the support of Copa and Cogeca. Copa Vice-President Pedro Gallardo (ASAJA) explained during his presentation that farmers believe that the availability and use of IPM tools is key for sustainable agriculture production in the EU. Farmers need adequate tools to manage natural resources, deliver goods and adapt to climate change effects.

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Agriculture is one of the most integrated sectors at European level and lies at the heart of many European institution initiatives. Copa and Cogeca organise themselves so as to respond to the challenges and questions posed by European decision-makers, allowing European farmers and cooperatives to put forward their views and proposals concerning a multitude of subjects that directly affect farmers no matter what agricultural activity they are involved in. In the following 12 categories, you will find our positions on key issues affecting the future of European agriculture.

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Our Vision – We Farm 4 EU

The coming decade is pivotal for EU agriculture. Many challenges lie ahead. We will face difficult debates on generation renewal, low farm income, market volatility and climate change. As European farmers and cooperatives, we are aware of and ready to navigate these difficult issues and to weather the changes in store. We seek to deliver the type of agriculture that our citizens expect and demand: agriculture that provides a high level of food security and high standards of quality, welfare, sustainability and environmental protection. This is our commitment to Europe! In return, we look to Europe’s leaders to deliver the policy framework that will feed our future.  

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If Europeans want to keep a resilient EU farming sector, the simplest reality is that we need to have as many options available as possible

On the 4th May 2021, the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development hosted a webinar to discuss reliable EU strategies on plant protection products. The event was hosted by MEP Norbert Lins (EPP), MEP Ulrike Müller (Renew Europe) and MEP Sarah Wiener (Greens/EFA) with the support of Copa and Cogeca. Beyond political posturing, all speakers addressed the need for long-term sustainability in addition to technological tools, as well as reliable EU strategies and further research on plant protection products.

04.05.2021 #PRESS RELEASE

The European Commission must support the sustainability efforts of all its agricultural productions through its future promotion policy

Today in Brussels, a meeting of the Parliamentary Intergroup "Wine, Spirits, and Quality Foodstuffs" was held. The debate focused on the evolution of the EU promotion policy after 2022. An opportunity to recall some important facts: it would be incomprehensible if the European Commission decided to exclude certain sectors such as wine or meat, when these products are an integral part of our culinary heritage.

29.04.2021 #PRESS RELEASE

If the Commission believes in its own report on NGTs then it must act quickly on the subject, time is short!

Copa and Cogeca welcome the main conclusions of the study requested by the European Council in 2019 and carried out by the European Commission on Novel Genomic Techniques (NGTs). This report brings scientific clarity to an essential debate, particularly regarding the ambitious goals set by the Farm to Fork strategy. NGTs bring real and concrete tools to find solutions to the present and future climatic, environmental and food security issues that we face in the European Union. If the Commission wants to be coherent, it will have to act quickly to catch up with its competitors and be on time with the implementation of the Green Deal.

29.04.2021 #PRESS RELEASE

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#WelcomeToMyForest - Meet Christian Burkhardt in his forest in Germany

“Welcome to my forest” is a campaign with a series of video clips from forest owners from multiple Member States where they invite viewers to their forests to hear about what being a forest owner is like, what challenges they face, what objectives they have when it comes to forest management and what keeps them motivated.

#Welcometomyforest - Meet Josef Wimmel in his forest in Austria

“Welcome to my forest” is a campaign with a series of video clips from forest owners from multiple Member States where they invite viewers to their forests to hear about what being a forest owner is like, what challenges they face, what objectives they have when it comes to forest management and what keeps them motivated.

#Welcometomyforest - Meet Atis Poga in his forest in Latvia

“Welcome to my forest” is a campaign with a series of video clips from forest owners from multiple Member States where they invite viewers to their forests to hear about what being a forest owner is like, what challenges they face, what objectives they have when it comes to forest management and what keeps them motivated.

LIVESTOCK - THE 9 FARM TO FORK PARADOXES

The EU Farm to Fork strategy is high in ambition, but Europe’s livestock sector fears it does not really take into consideration its farming traditions and the huge progress already achieved. EU livestock farmers are committed actors of change for increased sustainability, but they believe that the Farm to Fork approach is based on erroneous preconceptions. European Livestock Voice and the Italian sustainable meat project, Carni Sostenibili have identified a number of paradoxes in a series of short videos.


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