More than a thousand tractors demonstrated loudly near the European Parliament to denounce the new CAP which is being negotiated within the European Union. The farmers intend to influence the debates.
On April 30, farmers demonstrated near the European Parliament in Strasbourg, against the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which is due to come into force in 2023. The mobilization, filmed by RT France, was initiated by the Regional Federation farmers’ unions (FRSEA), and Young Farmers from the Grand Est region.
Between 1,200 and 1,500 tractors, depending on the prefecture and the organizers, marched through the streets of Strasbourg, causing major traffic jams. The convoys had come from Alsace but also from Lorraine and the Marne.
Most tractors carried signs proclaiming “Greener is more expensive”, “No to technocracy, long live peasant common sense” or “PAC 2023, the death of agriculture”.
Philippe Clément, general secretary of the FNSEA Grand Est warns at the microphone of RT France: “The stake of this demonstration, it is to alert our policies by saying:” Be careful, we have a beautiful agriculture in France […] therefore do not sacrifice it on the altar of free trade. ”
“We have the impression that the desire for” agricultural degrowth “is rather the leitmotif […] This is unacceptable for us, ”Eric Thirouin, president of the General Association of Wheat Producers (AGPB), told AFP.
“We are entering a European administrative straitjacket […] devastating on the economy of our farms ”, he also estimated, denouncing in particular“ eco-schemes ”, these premiums granted to farmers participating in more demanding environmental programs and which will be compulsory in the new CAP.
According to Eric Thirouin, this risks leading to “a third of aid less […] for more than half ”of French cereal producers.
“Environmental constraints are becoming so important and ubiquitous that they are almost impossible to implement,” added Fabrice Couturier, president of FDSEA Moselle.
“We can not do that of the environment without taking into account the economy”, he continued, adding that, if the farmers were not heard, their “ultimate lever, it will be the electoral choices” in the next elections.
The details of the future CAP are being negotiated in Brussels, where talks resume on April 30 as part of a “super-trilogue” between the rapporteur of the European Parliament, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Union. European Commission.
France is working on its national strategic plan (PSN), a variation of the future CAP that it is due to present to the European Commission in June, like its neighbors in the EU.