CAP@50 – ‘A Partnership between Europe and Farmers’

At an inter-institutional event on 23 January 2012 in Brussels, the Commission marked the beginning of a year long communication campaign, CAP@50, to celebrate 50 years of CAP in EU agriculture. The CAP@50 campaign aims to bring together all actors in EU agriculture, with past and current stakeholders invited to participate in this ‘partnership between Europe and farmers’. At the inauguration event, Agriculture Commissioner, Dacian Cioloş, stressed that this campaign must ‘not only remember the past 50 years of history, but…look ahead towards a new reform of the CAP’ He noted in particular how the CAP has evolved since 1962 to accommodate new concerns as they have emerged, such as climate change and the sustainable use of natural resources.

In addition to the inter-institutional event that took place on 23 January in Brussels, there will be events in different Member States throughout the year. A second inter-institutional event is planned for early April in Benelux and an itinerant exhibition is to be launched in March in several Member States (still to be confirmed) on ‘the CAP, Past, Present and Future’.

More details about all the events can be viewed online. The campaign also invites the public to participate, providing a toolkit and a networking system on the website to help those planning events to promote them.

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31 Jan 2012