Dear friends of the ARC!Happy new year to you all and welcome to the January issue of the ARC NEWSFLASH!
ARC has started the new year with a bang. Our highlight was hosting a debate with Dacian Cioloş
and a number of civil society organisations on January 20th in Berlin. The lively question and answer session which ensued gave different groups a chance to raise their concerns directly with the EU Agriculture Commissioner.Encouraged by the constructive debate, the Commissioner announced that he will organise a conference with civil society in July this year in Brussels to continue the dialogue.
The following day (still in Berlin), members and organisations from the ARC network attended the ‘Wir haben es Satt
which saw a crowd of 23,000 consumers, farmers, beekeepers, environmental and animal rights activists,and developmental groups gather in front of Germany’s government offices to demand an end to industrial farming practices.January was also the 50th anniversary of the CAP
. On 23rd January, ARC issued a press release
with our signatories, Friends of the Earth Europe
and IFOAM EU Group
. After 50 years of support for a failing system, we called upon European and national policy-makers to reconsider their support for short-term productivity that is clearly not the right path. We demanded a radical change in the European Union to provide citizens with healthy food, guarantee the sustainable use of natural resources, enhance the environment and ensure a decent livelihood for all farmers.
Our messages were picked up by the European news site EurActiv
, see the article here
We wish you a productive start to the year and look forward to working with you in 2012.