Unions Call On Eu Ministers To Support Farmers In Next Stage Of Pandemic

Posted: Sep 03, 2020

At the German Presidency Informal Council on Agriculture held in Koblenz, the Presidents of agricultural unions Copa and Cogeca, Joachim Rukwied and Ramon Armengol, called on ministers to take into account the lessons learned from the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis, particularly in the context of the upcoming discussions on the common agricultural policy (CAP) and the European Green Deal.

Copa President Rukwied said: “The outbreak of the coronavirus is still causing a dramatic impact on rural areas across the EU, with both immediate and medium- to long-term consequences in many sectors, as recognised by the Commission. The Union’s medium- to long-term response to the pandemic must be based on a solid and robust economic recovery programme that takes into consideration an increased sustainability, a response to climate change and an improved biodiversity protection. It must also continue to strive to improve the Union’s single market and the functioning of the food supply chain.”

The Cogeca President also remarked on the fact that there are many false accusations made about the livestock sector and that further communication campaigns such as MeatTheFacts are needed, bringing various stakeholders together to ensure a balanced communication and a better understanding of the EU’s livestock sector and production standards.

By Sam Mehmet
Source and complete article by: newfoodmagazine.com

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