Dear friends of the ARC!
Welcome to the December issue of the ARC NEWSFLASH! Thank you for your feedback on the new website – keep it coming and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook! We also now have a banner with the ARC logo which you can display on your site to let others know about our network – find it here and add it today! Discover who our web correspondents have been talking to in Latest from EU Member States, read our “main stories” and keep up to date with recent developments in the ARC blog – and don’t hesitate to get in touch and add to our lively debate on how best to make our farming and food systems more sustainable and accessible for all.
This month ARC gained exciting new signatories. One of them is Slow Food International! Work has also continued with international organisations such as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade (IATP) in the USA, as well as those working on the local level, with local action groups from England and Sweden visiting our secretariat in Brussels. We would like to encourage you all to invite more partners, working at all levels, to join the ARC.
On November 24th ARC contributed to a press statement with The European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism, the European Environmental Bureau, BirdLife Europe and IFOAM EU Group calling for all stakeholders to be involved in CAP reform talks. In addition, our collaborative article in the European Parliament Magazine featured last month has now been translated in German, Polish, French and Romanian.
The ARC team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2012 will be a crucial year – not only for reforming the CAP. We will be facing new challenges we have not imagined in recent years. We might well have a role to play in making solidarity and fair play work between farmers, consumers and all European citizens and reverse the spirit of “save what you can” in the crises we are currently facing. We look forward to working with you!