Dear friends and supporters
June started off with a bang; and a farm! From 31 May to 1 June, a two day event in the centre of Paris – organised by ARC2020, Confédération paysanne and PAC2013 – saw farmers, animals, market stalls and good food take over Place Stalingrad. Urban and rural consumers from across France came to meet farmers and take part in Ferme à Paris. The event provided fantastic surroundings to share our common wish for a fair, green and local CAP: French Agriculture Minister, Stéphane Le Foll and vice-chair of the EU Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, José Bové were among those attending.
Towards the end of the month, our attention turned to the decisive Agricultural Council meeting in Luxembourg. On June 24 – the first day of the meeting – young activists from ARC2020 were in town to remind EU politicians of their promise to deliver a CAP reform that reflects the wishes of European citizens. Holding a large banner (see image below) outside the VIP entrance to the Kirchberg Conference Centre, the location of the meeting, the group were clearly not welcome. They were quickly intercepted by security and removed from the area. Three were pushed to the floor by armed police and taken to the local police station. Luckily they were later released allowing them to reconvene in time to meet MEPs as they arrived for the afternoon session. Find all photos from the action here.
Two days later, the EU institutions reached a deal on CAP. ARC2020 reacted with a press release. It expresses disappointment at the outcome, but calls upon ARC2020 members and partners to make the best of the available options when it comes to national implementation. As ARC2020 Coordinator Samuel Féret states:
“…the struggle is not over, but shifts to national level now. There is still plenty to win or lose for small farmers, rural development, agroecology and the environment. Providing these options is probably the best this CAP reform can offer.”
The fight continues.
ARC2020 Communications Manager