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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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LONE ANDERSEN SPEAKER AT EUROPEAN FOOD FORUM EVENT

On 8 April, Lone Andersen, dairy farmer from Denmark and Chairwoman of the Organic Working Party within Copa-Cogeca attended the event ‘The Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies: is organic farming one of the responses?’ as a speaker. The event was organised by the European Food Forum (EFF) and co-hosted by several MEPs. Lone Andersen stressed the importance of all farming systems being given equal chances to contribute to EU objectives and the need for future legislation to be based on robust impact assessments.

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Policy

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

#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

COPA and COGECA welcome the market oriented approach considered by the European Commission to develop its new organic action plan

Copa and Cogeca have constantly asked for a market driven approach, as it will be the best way to ensure a healthy growth for the sector. Ensuring organic farming market profitability, securing the necessary investments and a fairer farmers’ share of the consumer euro would be crucial. This is why we welcome the market driven strategy of the Action Plan considered by the European Commission.

25.03.2021 #PRESS RELEASE

Copa-Cogeca TV

#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.

#Welcometomyforest - Meet Nyström Mickel in his forest in Finland

“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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