CAP | 400 Organisations Demand Radical Change

L to R: Ms Julia KLOCKNER, German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture; Mr Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI, European Commissioner for Agriculture. Copyright: European Union Event: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – July 2020

Updated 12.05Hrs on 28/08/2020

12 national coalitions, representing over 400 organisations from a wide range of interests, have come together to demand radical reform in the CAP. Releasing a co-signed letter to coincide with the informal AGRIFISH meeting Monday 31st August to Tuesday 1st September, the letter pulls no punches in calling out CAP.

The German Presidency, which ends on 31st December, has made it clear that it wants to conclude the CAP negotiations within the term of its presidency. 

The Good Food Good Farming Coalition, and France’s Pour Une Autre Pac, are joined by coalitions from Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Austria, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Belgian Wallonia have already signed up to the letter that prioritises a food sovereignty approach over business-as-usual in CAP. 

Synergy with the EU Green Deal’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies; more ambition for conditionality and other protections; a move away from blind per hectare payments towards public money for public services; a strengthened, results-focused new delivery model; and great transparency and inclusion are the specific demands. 

Download the letter (ENG FR DE)

Joint Open Letter to the German Presidency of the European Union for the Reform of CAP

Lettre ouverte √† la pr√©sidence allemande de l’Union europ√©enne sur la r√©forme de la PAC 

Offener Brief an die Deutsche EU Ratspräsidentschaft zur GAP Reform

Letter in Full 

Dear Mrs. Julia Klöckner, representative of the German presidency of the AGRIFISH Council,

In four days, you will host an informal AGRIFISH Council in Koblenz, gathering agriculture ministers of all EU Member States, to discuss lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, initiatives for animal welfare and the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Germany has the tough assignment of reaching an agreement on the CAP reform within the Council during its six-month presidency. Your responsibility is immense: CAP directly concerns all EU citizens, directing more than 30% of the next EU budget. CAP is also core to addressing our considerable ecological and social challenges.

The coronavirus pandemic has shown that the European Union must prioritise food sovereignty. This requires the EU to redefine the purpose of the CAP and trade agreements, which currently threaten food sovereignty in Europe and other regions. EU agri-food policy means: cheap and unsustainable imports and exports, in particular from and to developing countries (contributing to global warming by deforestation and land degradation); overspecialisation in production; limitless productivity goals and a dominant focus on competitiveness which fails to protect soil fertility and biodiversity, or the people who work in rural areas in Europe and other regions, including farmers. In short, CAP and current EU trade policy harms our ability to sustainably feed European communities.

The European Commission has set the direction for more sustainable development and climate neutrality to 2050 with the Green Deal, including the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. The Green Deal sets the course that the post-2020 CAP must follow – namely a major shift in our agri-food sector, including the whole food-chain. A continuation or an optimisation of the current system is not an option. Changes in the Common Agricultural Policy are necessary if we want to ensure the continuity of agricultural production in Europe, on which the food security of our generation and future generations depends. Furthermore, solutions to reform the CAP in the right direction are already known and widely shared by a wide-range of scientific experts – so we know why and how the next CAP must change.

Coalitions from twelve Member States ‚Äď working closely with EU civil society umbrella coalitions and organizations, including farmer‚Äôs ones, and directly involved in the preparation of respective national CAP strategic plans ‚Äď demand you lead the Council towards:

  • A CAP reform that is compatible with the Green Deal, in particular with the targets of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, while maintaining an EU-wide common approach. This means fundamentally changing the CAP‚Äôs outlook to ensure long term ability to produce food, by rebuilding functioning ecosystems, bringing agriculture in line with legal obligations under the Paris Agreement and boosting the shift to healthy diets.
  • A much higher level of ambition as regards CAP conditionality, animal welfare, public health, sustainable water use, climate and environment protection, while improving farm viability, diversification, generational renewal and thereby the resilience in rural livelihoods.
  • Replacing blind per hectare payments with the principle of ‚Äúpublic money for public services‚ÄĚ (including rural employment), shifting support to measures that enable farmers to invest in their agro-ecological transition, flanked by market-based mechanisms to improve economic viability, so that farmers can get a decent livelihood from their work as well as a greater weight in the value chain.
  • Strengthening the so-called new delivery model, to ensure that the CAP budget will be used efficiently, by improving the result-based indicators as well as the CAP performance and monitoring checks and by setting common and ambitious ring-fencings of funds.
  • Guarantees for effective transparency and stakeholder inclusion in the national processes for the preparation of strategic plans, as well as in the deliberations on national positions, negotiations between Member States and the Commission.

The CAP will lose any legitimacy in the eyes of EU taxpayers and consumers if the Council ignores these demands. In a few days, during the AGRIFISH informal Council in Koblenz, protestors will carry the voice of thousands of European citizens, to remind you of these demands. Our message is clear: the post-2020 CAP reform represents a major opportunity for the EU’s food and farming sector to transition into a sustainable system. We challenge the German presidency to bring the CAP reform in line with climate and biodiversity goals, and to end the decline in farm diversity and numbers. The path you are currently on is failing in all these areas, whereas you should use the ongoing negotiations to write a new page for our agriculture. Do not compromise our future! Act!


  • Agroecology in action (Belgium – Wallonia)
  • AgroEko Forum (Slovakia) 
  • Aplinkosaugos koalicija (Lithuania)
  • Cambiamo Agricoltura (Italy)
  • Environmental Pillar (Ireland) 
  • Koalicja ŇĽywa Ziemia (Poland) 
  • Meng Landwirtschaft (Luxemburg)
  • Platform Aarde Boer Consument and Voedsel Anders the Netherlands (the Netherlands)
  • Por otra PAC (Spain)
  • Pour une autre PAC (France)
  • Wir haben es satt!-B√ľndnis (Germany)
  • Wir haben es satt!-Plattform (Austria)

c.c. Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner for Agriculture

Mrs. Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

Mr. Virginijus Sinkevińćius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Annex I. List of organisations that are members of the signatories coalitions

Agroecology in action (Belgium – Wallonia)

‚ÄčCollectif 5C‚Äč, Associations 21‚Äč, Autre Terre‚Äč, ‚ÄčCeinture Aliment-Terre Li√©geoise, CNCD ‚Äď 11.11.11‚Äč, ‚ÄčLe D√©but des Haricots‚Äč, ‚ÄčEclosio‚Äč, ‚ÄčL‚ÄôAgroecology Lab de l‚ÄôUniversit√© Libre de Bruxelles‚Äč, ‚ÄčEntraide et Fraternit√©‚Äč, ‚ÄčFaune et Biotopes‚Äč, F√©d√©ration des Services Sociaux‚Äč, ‚ÄčFIAN Belgium‚Äč, ‚ÄčFUGEA‚Äč, ‚ÄčGreenpeace Belgium‚Äč, ‚ÄčInter-Environnement Wallonie‚Äč, ‚ÄčInter-Actions ASBL‚Äč, ‚ÄčMaison Verte et Bleue‚Äč, ‚ÄčMouvement d‚ÄôAction Paysanne‚Äč, ‚ÄčMutualit√© Chr√©tienne‚Äč, ‚ÄčNatagora‚Äč, Observatoire de la Sant√© du Hainaut‚Äč, ‚ÄčOxfam Magasins du Monde‚Äč, ‚ÄčOxfam Solidarit√©‚Äč, ‚ÄčPaysans-Artisans‚Äč, ‚ÄčQuinoa ASBL‚Äč, ‚ÄčR√©seau des Consommateurs Responsables‚Äč, ‚ÄčRencontre des Continents‚Äč, ‚ÄčR√©seau des GASAP‚Äč, ‚ÄčR√©seau Wallon de Lutte contre la Pauvret√©‚Äč, ‚ÄčSAW-B‚Äč, ‚ÄčSolidaris‚Äč, Terre-en-Vue‚Äč, ‚ÄčULB-Coop√©ration‚Äč, ‚ÄčWorms ASBL

AgroEko Forum (Slovakia) 

Agrokruh, Alter Nativa o.z., Centrum environment√°lnych aktiv√≠t, CEPTA – Centrum pre trvaloudrŇĺateńĺn√© alternat√≠vy, Dych Ňĺivota n.o., Ekotrend Slovakia – Zv√§z ekologick√©ho pońĺnohospod√°rstva, FONTIS OZ, Greenpeace Slovensko, MaŇ°ekov mlyn, Ochrana dravcov na Slovensku, Oikos, PANGEA, Priatelia Zeme-CEPA, Slovensk√° ornitologick√° spolońćnosŇ• / BirdLife Slovensko, Sloboda zvierat, TATRY o.z., ZajeŇĺov√° o.z., ŇĹiv√° plan√©ta o.z., ŇĹivica o.z.

Aplinkosaugos koalicija (Lithuania)

Aplinkosaugos informacijos centras, Gamtos apsaugos asociacija ‚ÄěBaltijos vilkas‚Äú, Lietuvos entomologŇ≥ draugija, VŇ°ńģ ‚ÄěŇĹiedinńó ekonomika‚Äú, Bendrija ‚ÄěAtgaja‚Äú, VŇ°ńĮ ‚ÄěDarnaus vystymo iniciatyvos

Cambiamo agricoltura (Italy)

Lipu, Legambiente, WWF, SlowFood Italia, Federbio, Aiab, Associazione Italiana Agricoltura Biodinamica, ISDE Medici per l‚Äôambiente, Pro Natura, AIDA – Associazione Italiana di Agroecologia, CIWF Italia Onlus, ACU ‚Äď ASSOCIAZIONE CONSUMATORI UTENTI, Rete Semi Rurali, Accademia Kronos

Environmental Pillar (Ireland)

An Taisce, Bat Conservation Ireland, BirdWatch Ireland, CELT (Centre for Environmental Living and Training), Coomhola Salmon Trust, Eco Advocacy, ECO-UNESCO, FEASTA, Forest Friends, Friends of the Earth, Global Action Plan Ireland, Gluaiseacht, Good Energies Alliance Ireland, Green Economy Foundation, Green Foundation Ireland, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland, Irish Peatland, Conservation Council, Irish Seed Savers Association, Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Irish Wildlife Trust, Leave No Trace, Native Woodland Trust, The Organic Centre, The Rediscovery Centre Ireland, Sonairte, Sustainable Ireland Cooperative (Cultivate), Sustainable Projects Ireland (The Village), Vincent Wildlife Trust, VOICE, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland, Zero Waste Alliance

Koalicja ŇĽywa Ziemia (Poland) 

Forum Rolnictwa Ekologicznego im. MieczysŇāawa G√≥rnego‚Äč, ‚Äč‚ÄčFundacja MaŇāa Wielka Zmiana‚Äč, ‚ÄčFundacja Strefa Zieleni‚Äč, ‚ÄčFundacja WWF Polska‚Äč, ‚ÄčKooperatywa SpoŇľywcza ‚ÄúDobrze‚ÄĚ‚Äč, ‚ÄčNyeleni Polska‚Äč, ‚Äč‚ÄčPolski Klub Ekologiczny‚Äč, ‚ÄčStowarzyszenie Producent√≥w ŇĽywnoŇõci Metodami Ekologicznymi EKOLAND – OddziaŇā Lubelski‚Äč, Stowarzyszenia Ekologiczno-Kulturalnego ‚ÄěZiarno‚ÄĚ‚Äč, ‚ÄčGreenpeace Polska‚Äč, ‚ÄčKoalicja SpoŇāeczna Stop Fermom PrzemysŇāowym, Og√≥lnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptak√≥w‚Äč, ‚ÄčFundacja Zielone ŇöwiatŇāo‚Äč, ‚ÄčZielone WiadomoŇõci‚Äč, ‚ÄčInstytut Spraw Obywatelskich‚Äč, Og√≥lnopolskie Stowarzyszenie AgroleŇõnictwa‚Äč‚Äč, FoodRentgen, Slow Food Warszawa, Stowarzyszenie What a Waste

Meng Landwirtschaft (Luxemburg)

natur&√ęmwelt, Bio-L√ętzebuerg ‚Äď Vereenegung fir Bio-Landwirtschaft L√ętzebuerg, Greenpeace Luxemburg, Action Solidarit√© Tiers Monde, SOS Faim Luxembourg, Mouvement √Čcologique, Caritas Luxembourg, Aide √† l‚ÄôEnfance de l‚ÄôInde et du N√©pal, attac, CELL, Cercle de Coop√©ration, Emweltberodung L√ętzebuerg, √Čglise catholique √† Luxembourg, etika, Fairtrade Letzebuerg, Fr√®res des Hommes, L√ętzebuerger Landesverband fir Beienzuucht, Ligue CTF, SEED, Slow Food Luxembourg, VegInfo Luxembourg und Vegan Society Luxembourg

Platform Aarde Boer Consument and Voedsel Anders the Netherlands (the Netherlands)

Nederlandse Akkerbouw Vakbond (NAV), Nederlandse Melkveehouders Vakbond (NMV), Vereniging voor Biologisch Dynamische Landbouw, Vereniging tot Behoud van Boer en Milieu (VBBM), De Boerengroep,  Women‚Äôs International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Por otra PAC (Spain)

Asociaci√≥n Brinzal, Academia Espa√Īola de Nutrici√≥n y Diet√©tica, Asociaci√≥n Galega de Custodia do Territorio, Asociaci√≥n Mensa C√≠vica, Asociaci√≥n Transhumancia y Naturaleza, Asociaci√≥n Vida Sana, Centro de Estudios Rurales y de Agricultura Internacional, Confederaci√≥n de Consumidores y Usuarios, Ecologistas en Acci√≥n, Ecovalia (Asociaci√≥n Valor Ecol√≥gico CAAE), Federaci√≥n Espa√Īola de la Dehesa, Foro Asturias Sostenible, Foro de Redes y Entidades de Custodia del Territorio, Fundaci√≥n Ecolog√≠a y Desarrollo, Fundaci√≥ Emys, Fundaci√≥n Entretantos, Fundaci√≥n Global Nature, Fundaci√≥n Internacional para la Restauraci√≥n de Ecosistemas, Fundaci√≥n Nueva Cultura del Agua, Fundaci√≥n Oso Pardo, Fundaci√≥n Pau Costa, Fundaci√≥n para la Conservaci√≥n del Quebrantahuesos, Fundaci√≥n Vida Sostenible, Ganaderas en Red, Germinando (Iniciativas Socioambientales GS Coop Mad), GOB Menorca (Grup Balear d’Ornitolog√≠a), Greenpeace, Grupo de Rehabilitaci√≥n de la Fauna Aut√≥ctona y su H√°bitat, Justicia Alimentaria (Veterinarios Sin Fronteras), Madrid Agroecol√≥gico, Observatorio para una Cultura del Territorio, Plataforma de Ganader√≠a Extensiva, Red de Ciudades por la Agroecolog√≠a, Red Terrae (Asoc. Intermunicipal Territorios Reservas Agroecol.), Sociedad Espa√Īola de Agricultura Ecol√≥gica, Sociedad Espa√Īola de Ornitolog√≠a, Trenca, WWF Espa√Īa, Xarxa de Cust√≤dia del Territori

Pour autre PAC (France)

‚ÄčAfac-Agroforesteries‚Äč, Conf√©d√©ration paysanne‚Äč, F√©d√©rations des associations pour le d√©veloppement de l‚Äôemploi agricole et rural‚Äč (FADEAR), F√©d√©ration nationale d‚Äôagriculture biologique (FNAB)‚Äč,‚Äč Mouvement rural de jeunesse chr√©tienne (MRJC)‚Äč, RENETA (R√©seau national des espaces-test agricoles), R√©seau CIVAM (Centres d‚ÄôInitiatives pour Valoriser l‚ÄôAgriculture et Milieu rural)‚Äč, Terre de Liens‚Äč, Terre et Humanisme‚Äč, Union nationale de l‚Äôapiculture fran√ßaise (UNAF)‚Äč, Agir pour l‚Äôenvironnement‚Äč, Compassion in world farming France (CIWF)‚Äč, F√©d√©ration des Conservatoires d‚Äôespaces naturels‚Äč, F√©d√©ration des parcs naturels r√©gionaux‚Äč, Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l‚ÄôHomme‚Äč, France Nature Environnement‚Äč, G√©n√©rations futures‚Äč, Greenpeace‚Äč, Humanit√© et Biodiversit√©‚Äč, Les Amis de la Terre‚Äč, LPO‚Äč, R√©seau Action Climat‚Äč, Welfarm‚Äč, WWF‚Äč, ‚ÄčActionAid France‚Äč, Agter‚Äč, ATTAC‚Äč, Agronomes et V√©t√©rinaires sans Fronti√®res (AVSF)‚Äč, Comit√© fran√ßais pour la solidarit√© internationale (CFSI)‚Äč, Coordination Sud, Ing√©nieurs sans Fronti√®res ‚ÄĒ Agrista‚Äč, R√©seau Foi et Justice Afrique Europe‚Äč, SOL‚Äč – ‚ÄčAlternatives Agro√©cologiques et Solidaires‚Äč, ‚ÄčBio Consom‚Äôacteurs‚Äč, Chr√©tiens dans le monde rural‚Äč, Citoyens pour le climat‚Äč, Commerce √©quitable France‚Äč, Les Amis de la Conf√©d√©ration paysanne‚Äč, Les Greniers d‚ÄôAbondance‚Äč, Miramap‚Äč, RESOLIS‚Äč, Secours Catholique‚Äč, Slow Food‚Äč, WWOOF France

Wir haben es satt!-B√ľndnis (Germany)

Arbeitsgemeinschaft b√§uerliche Landwirtschaft e.V., junge Arbeitsgemeinschaft b√§uerliche Landwirtschaft,  Agrar Koordination und Forum f√ľr internationale Agrarpolitik e.V., Aktion 3.Welt Saar, Aktion Agrar ‚Äď Landwende jetzt e.V., Aktion gegen den Hunger e. V., Arbeiterwohlfahrt international, Arbeitslosenselbsthilfe Oldenburg e. V., Attac Deutschland, Aurelia Stiftung, B√§uerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schw√§bisch Hall, Biokreis e.V., Bioland-Verband f√ľr organisch-biologischen Landbau e.V., Bisch√∂fliches Hilfswerk MISEREOR e. V., Brot f√ľr die Welt e.V., Bund f√ľr Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V., BUND jugend, Bund √Ėkologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft, Bundesverband Berufssch√§fer e.V., B√ľndnis f√ľr Gentechnikfreie Landwirtschaft, B√ľrgerinitiative Wietze f√ľr den Erhalt unseres Aller-Leine-Tals e. V., Campact e.V., Christliche Initiative Romero, Coordination gegen BAYER-Gefahren, Demeter e.V., Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V., Deutscher Berufs- und Erwerbsimkerbund DBIB e.V., Deutscher Naturschutzring e.V., Deutscher Tierschutzbund e.V., Die Freien B√§cker, Ern√§hrungsrat Berlin, FoodFirst Informations- und Aktions-Netzwerk Deutschland (FIAN), Foodsharing e.V., F√∂rdergemeinschaft √Ėkologischer Landbau Berlin-Brandenburg (F√ĖL) e.V., Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Chile- S√ľdamerika e.V, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, Gen-ethisches Netzwerk e.V., Gentechnikfreie Regionen in Deutschland, Germanwatch e.V., Greenpeace e.V. , IG Nachbau, INKOTA-netzwerk e.V., Katholische Landjugendbewegung Deutschlands, Mellifera e. V., Vereinigung f√ľr wesensgem√§√üe Bienenhaltung, Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V., NaturFreunde Deutschlands e.V., Naturland-Verband f√ľr √∂kologischen Landbau e.V., Naturschutzjugend Deutschland e.V., NEULAND – Verein f√ľr tiergerechte und umweltschonende Nutztierhaltung, Oxfam Deutschland e.V., PROVIEH, Sarah Wiener Stiftung, Save Our Seeds, Slow Food Deutschland e.V., Slow Food Youth Deutschland, Solidarische Landwirtschaft e.V., Stadtbienen e.V., Umweltinstitut M√ľnchen e.V., VIER PFOTEN ‚Äď Stiftung f√ľr Tierschutz, WWOOF-Deutschland: Freiwillige Helfer/innen auf √∂kologischen H√∂fen e.V., Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft.

Wir haben es satt!-Plattform (Austria)

√ĖBV-Via Campesina Austria, IG-Milch, FIAN √Ėsterreich, S√ľdwind, Attac, Welthaus Di√∂zese Graz-Seckau, GLOBAL 2000, Greenpeace, Gr√ľne Bauern und B√§uerinnen, Arche Noah, Sezonieri ‚Äď Kampagne f√ľr die Rechte der Erntehelfer_innen in √Ėsterreich

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