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–Audio recordings of the 2nd ARC Conference

Click on the links to listen to each audio segment. 14:00 Welcome messages Speakers: Yves SOMVILLE, EESC member (BE), NAT Section Yves Somville – EESC Welcome: Arie VAN DEN BRAND, President Groupe de Bruges Arie van den Brand – ARC Welcome: Civil Society’s Reform Priorities 14:05 Plenary Debate on the emerging ideas for the future CAP and the unresolved issues that need to be addressed Introduction: Michael DOWER, Member of the ARC Core Group Michael Dower – Debate on unresolved issues: Moderator:  Arie VAN DEN BRAND, President Groupe de Bruges 14:40 Summary of the debate and introduction of the experts Consulting the experts Introduction by the moderator: Robert LUKESCH, Associate partner of ÖAR Regional Consulting Ltd. Robert Lukesch – Intro to expert round: 14:45 Coalition Building on Reforming Agriculture and Trade Policies in a Globalized World Speaker: Jim HARKNESS, Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Jim Harkness – Speech 15:05 The CAP and Public Health Policy R. Lukesch – Introduction of Tim Lang Speaker: Tim LANG, Professor of Food Policy at City […]

Newsflash

ARC Newsflash 10 June 2011

European Parliament’s Dess Report adopted, but falls behind expectations On 25 May, the European Parliament’s Committee on Agricultural and Rural Development (COMAGRI), as expected, has adopted a report setting out its views on the CAP towards 2020. The committee found a compromise position on the huge differences between the political groups about the future of European farmers and rural regions and so avoided a false start into it newly-endowed co-decision powers. That is the good news. The bad news is that the message is not sufficiently concrete or ambitious, and does not respond to the expectations of civil society as laid down in our ARC communication which was published in parallel with Commissioner Ciolos’s reform proposals last year. We are missing a clear statement by the Parliament on how the future Common Agricultural Policy will organise the urgently needed transition towards sustainable farming and food systems, with synergies between plant and animal production, good management of biodiversity, soils and water through crop rotation and a serious reduction of non-renewable inputs like fertilisers, pesticides and oil-based […]

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–ARC Conferences

Since its formation, ARC has organised two major conferences in Brussels, both attended by Commissioner Dacian Cioloş and a wide range of stakeholders.   2nd ARC Conference – 13 July 2011 1st ARC Conference – 4-5 November 2010    

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–1st ARC Conference

Building our common future: Finalising a “Communication of Civil Society to the EU on the Future of Agriculture and Rural Policies”   The first ARC Conference took place on 4-5 November 2010 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. After two rounds of consultation within the ARC network, the ARC members and supporters along with observers finalised their “Communication of Civil Society to the European Institutions on the Future of Agricultural and Rural Policy”. Dacian Cioloş gave the opening address on first day of the conference. It was the most important step of the ARC network to date. Gathered in Brussels for two days, the ARC network put the final touches on its Communication of Civil Society to the European Union on the Future of Agriculture and Rural Policies.  In a common statement, the civil society organisations assembled in Brussels described the two funds through which this new policy should be implemented : the European Agricultural Fund focused on food and farming; and the European Rural Fund, focused on the wider rural economy and territorial development. […]