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What is CEJA?

CEJA is the voice of Europe’s next generation of farmers and one of the key advocates for the agricultural sector in Europe. Based in Brussels, it brings together young farmers' organisations from across Europe with the main objective of promoting a younger and more innovative agricultural sector across the EU and to create good working and living conditions for young people setting up in farming as well as existing young farmers. It has 29 member organisations and one associate member, representing 21 different European countries and over one million young farmers.

CEJA’s main objective is to promote a younger and innovative agricultural sector across the EU 27 and to create good working and living conditions for young people setting up in farming and those who are already ‘Young Farmers’. CEJA achieves this by acting as a forum for communication and dialogue between young farmers and European decision makers.

Why is it important for our members?

By being a member of CEJA, NFYFC is able to actively lobby on real life issues that affect our members and be at the centre of the debate regarding European Agricultural Policy (for further information click the CAP Reform tab above). Attending meetings allows our members to gain a better understanding of European farming methods and the opportunity to meet and engage with young farmers from across Europe.

The National Federation of Young Farmers and the NFU Next Generation Forum members have entered into a new joint venture in sharing the membership representation on CEJA -The European Council of Young Farmers . This enables young farmers to attend pan-European working groups, seminars and conferences in a bid to influence policy makers and industry to put young farmers’ needs and aspirations high on their agenda.

In addition to attending CEJA meetings and seminars, our representatives will be given the opportunity to enter into discussions with agricultural ministers, relevant MPs and government officials and represent the needs of English and Welsh Young Farmers directly with the Agricultural Commission. As CEJA members, they will be given an audience with Members of the European Parliament and an opportunity to visit the European Parliament to give a voice to the issues that affect them.

What else does CEJA do?

CEJA is also involved in a number of pan-European projects that focus on young farmers. These projects range from

  • Promoting farming practices that find practical ways to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions on farms.
  • Addressing the problems of an ageing workforce and young people leaving the countryside
  • Working with other youth organisations such as the European Youth Forum

For further information about the projects CEJA is involved in please visit the CEJA website.

Meet our CEJA representatives and read the latest CEJA CAP Consultation Response

James Evans, Wales YFC; Richard Bower, Staffordshire and NFU Next Generation Forum Chair; James Hutchinson, Gloucestershire; Adam Churchman, Oxfordshire; Carol Hughes, Wales YFC, Sam Dilcock, Yorkshire; Ben Robinson, Hampshire; Kate Wainwright, Derbyshire our current NFYFC CEJA representatives.

CEJA CAP Consultation Response

Representative reports

Useful Information

Your NFYFC AGRI reps have been busy at CEJA working group meetings, feeding thoughts into position statements and a final submission for the recent Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) consultation.

For all the latest news from CEJA visit their website here

CAP Reform

The new scheme for farmers starts in 2015 and for the first time ever includes manadatory support for young farmers. Single Farm Payment will now be called Basic Payment. The Young Farmers Scheme will provide a 25% top up of the Basic Payment on a maximum of 90 entitlements

Through CEJA membership NFYFC was able to lobby for these measures too the European Parliament. The AGRI Steering Group also lobbied the UK Government for support, including writing to their MPs and a meeting with George Eustice, Agriculture Minister.

For further details on the package of the CAP reform visit here.

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