03 April 2012
Farmers’ Club members took their CAP Reform debate to Brussels during a
recent study trip to the European Parliament, sponsored by South East
MEP Richard Ashworth.
YFC members discussed CAP Reform greening
proposals and options with Julie Girling MEP. Kent member Stuart Jakeman
and Tom Collinson from Norfolk provided practical examples of how the
current proposals would be detrimental in their respective counties.
was stimulating discussion between farming members and MEP Jim
Nicholson regarding the proposals: the need for simplification, the
reasons for proposals and for the need to examine ways in which other
Member States tackle issues highlighted in the reform proposals.
Reeve, NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Affairs Chairman said: “This was an
ideal opportunity to learn, listen, debate and represent our fellow
members during the current CAP Reform negotiations. Our group brought
their farming experience and future expectation to MEPs in Europe.
Whilst we were delighted to hear from four MEPs, we were equally pleased
to be able to speak directly about our concerns and hopes for our
YFC members and members of the national
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee were delighted to visit the CEJA
(European Council for Young Farmers) office during their study tour.
They listened to a presentation and took part in discussion on current
CAP Reform with the CEJA Secretary General Pascale Rouhier and CEJA’s
The group was also joined by Stuart Agnew MEP
who was keen to talk to YFC members about the issues. There was a wide
geographical representation from YFCs including Norfolk, Kent,
Bedfordshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Nottinghamshire,
Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. Five members of the NFYFC Youth Forum
attended to ensure the views of younger YFC members were addressed.