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Feeding Europe's future together!

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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CEMA EVENT: SEEDING THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE FARMING

Copa-Cogeca Secretary General, Pekka Pesonen, attended the CEMA event ‘Seeding the future of sustainable farming: Advanced Farm Machines and solutions to deliver on a European Green Deal’ on Wednesday 14th April. The panel discussion surrounded the topic of ‘Advanced Farm Machines and solutions: enablers of sustainable farming’ and included; Geraldine Kutas (Crop Life Europe), Jacob Hansen (Fertilizers Europe), Mark von Pentz (John Deere) and Herbert Dorfmann (Member of Parliament) as Pekka Pesonen reiterated that although we support the Green Deal, a way must be found to enable investments by farmers, “It is important for farmers to access a wide range of technologies that take into account EU characteristics, including machinery and there is an importance to invest on infrastructure - including broadband.”

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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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LATEST NEWS

Opinion of the European Social Partners in Agriculture on the "Report on Strengthening Social Dialogue in the EU" of February 2021

The European Social Partners in Agriculture welcome the "Report on Strengthening Social Dialogue in the EU" presented today by Ms Andrea Nahles, Special Adviser on Social Dialogue to Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Labour and Social Rights, at the European Social Dialogue Committee for Agriculture (SSDC-AGRI).

15.04.2021 #OPINION

#WelcomeToMyForest – To make the voices of those who take care of forests heard

“Forests are decreasing in Europe.” “Our forests are in bad, bad shape.” “Deforestation is also a challenge in Europe.” “Forest owners care more about money than biodiversity.”... here are some of the arguments that can commonly be heard in EU level discussions regarding forests. However, the ones making them often seem to lack understanding concerning the reality on the ground. Who has ever seen a forest management plan? Who knows how and why a thinning operation is conducted? Who knows about the costs of forest management before any revenue can be made? Thus, increasing the knowledge among the public and policy-makers regarding European forests and forest owners is highly needed, and what would be a better way to do it than by giving the floor to the people who have dedicated their lives to taking care of forests?

30.03.2021 #PRESS RELEASE

Postponing the inclusion in the taxonomy delegated acts of agriculture is pragmatic and consistent

Copa and Cogeca take note that agriculture will not be part of the first set of economic activities that will be covered under the re-drafted Taxonomy delegated act as discussed yesterday by the Member States Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. European farmers and agri-cooperatives welcome this postponement as the only way to ensure consistency with the ongoing discussion of the future CAP.

26.03.2021 #PRESS RELEASE

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#Welcometomyforest - Meet Miroslav Pacovský in his forest in Czech Republic

“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 Karin Müller Vögel in her 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.

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.

EU-MERCOSUR DEAL- Do you really want to import the type of agriculture we don't want in Europe?

6 minutes to understand the 3 main reasons why EU farmers are opposed to the Mercosur Deal as it stands and why it is an unfair deal for farmers and consumers.


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