Europe and Central Asia

Conference: A Sustainable Future for EU Farming?

The European Environmental Bureau, the Danish Ecological Council and BirdLife Europe are pleased to invite you to a conference on the sustainable future of EU Agriculture at the Residence Palace on the 4th of March 2015 that will be kindly hosted by MEP Paul Brannen (S&D, UK) and co hosted by MEP Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT) and by MEP Margrete Auken (Greens, DK). The conference will be opened by Commissioner Phil Hogan.



In 2015 the new CAP (2014-2020) will start to be implemented while at the same time Commission’s services will start to discuss the future policy post-2020. It is likely that the new Parliament will be asked to reflect on the Commission’s proposal towards new CAP post-2020 during its mandate, but it will be up to the next Parliament to seal the deal. In addition, a large part of the negotiations on the new Multi Annual Financial Framework will be held under this newly elected Parliament.

It is increasingly apparent, from scientific analysis of the new CAP, that the recently agreed ‘greening’ of the CAP will do little to reverse the depletion of natural resources and will fail to steer EU farming towards more sustainable practices. However, it is also clear that the natural resources farming depends upon are being undermined and there is a pressing need to make agriculture greener on the field and not only on paper.

It is therefore of paramount importance to share both new visions for future farming and practical solutions and for Policy makers to look ahead beyond 2030. In order to launch this discussion, this event will provide a platform to discuss farming scenarios in Europe all the way to 2050. There will be presentations on both existing and future policies by a broad range of speakers from the EU Institutions, Environmental NGOs, the health community, consumers and a farming organization.

Find more details in the programme and in the official invitation.


Why should you attend?

This conference will be held at a key time; in March the new CAP will only just have started to be implemented and the new EU Commission will still be in the first months of its new mandate.

If you want to discuss the sustainability of EU agriculture, which policies should be the driver for it and hear from a broad range of stakeholders and decision makers, you should join us for this event and for the debate!


High level speakers confirmed

Our event will be kindly moderated by Alan Matthews, Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College, Dublin. The keynote speech will be given by Commissioner Phil Hogan.


How to register?

Registration now closed.

For any practical questions, please contact Trees Robijns, Senior Agriculture and Bioenergy Policy Officer at BirdLife Europe.