Press Release

2nd EPP Group European Congress of Young Farmers: shaping the future of agriculture

Brussels
, 28.01.2014 - 11:53
Farmer and businessman examining plant in field

The 2nd European Congress of Young Farmers will take place on the 29th of January in the European Parliament, following the success of the first congress in 2012.

"This is a great opportunity to promote and support the work of young farmers in the EU and their value in agriculture. It will gather together hundreds of farmers from 19 Member States on a single platform, sharing experiences and good practices”, said the organisers of the event, EPP Group MEPs Nuno Melo, Elisabeth Köstinger, Mariya Gabriel and Maria Auxiliadora Correa Zamora.

The selection jury will award three prizes for the best young farmer overall, the most sustainable project, and the most innovative project in competition.

Portuguese MEP Nuno Melo said: “The future of European agriculture depends on its constant process of renewing features in order to attract new generations that will safeguard its continuity. This congress plays an important role by gathering together young farmers to the political heart of Europe, promoting a competition of projects and experiences that stand out through their excellence.”

“Agriculture is one of the most vital and innovative sectors in the economy. We must set as a European goal the promotion of the positive aspects of agricultural entrepreneurship and motivate young people to work in agri-business, establishing innovative solutions for their individual futures”, commented Austrian MEP Elisabeth Köstinger.

Bulgarian MEP Mariya Gabriel added: “The European Parliament is one of the top defenders of young farmers in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This is as evident today as it was when shaping the CAP for the period 2014-2020. We need to continue on this path if we want to keep young people in the sector and save agriculture in Europe."

“The new CAP comes into force with specific measures for young farmers, promoting investment, innovation and the transfer of skills. The 2nd European Congress of Young Farmers takes this spirit on board. Without young farmers in the sector today, there will be no agriculture tomorrow”, concluded Spanish MEP Auxiliadora Correa.

The congress is being organised in cooperation with Case IH & Steyr, the Confederation of Portuguese Farmers, and the Spanish Farmers Organisation (ASAJA).

Note to Editors

An EPP Group Member from the following countries will act as an Ambassador for young farmers for their Member State: Nuno Melo (Portugal), Elisabeth Köstinger (Austria), Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria), Maria Auxiliadora Correa Zamora (Spain), Marian-Jean Marinescu (Romania) Albert Deß (Germany), Agnès Le Brun (France), Mairead McGuinness (Ireland), Dubravka Šuica (Croatia), Georgios Papastamkos and Georgios Komoutsakos (Greece), Herbert Dorfmann (Italy), Eleni Theocharous (Cyprus), Czesław Adam Siekierski, Jarosław Kalinowski, Andrzej Grzyb, Arkadiusz Bratkowski (Poland), Sandra Kalniete (Latvia), Esther de Lange (Netherlands), Milan Zver (Slovenia), Tunne Kelan (Estonia), Bela Glattfelder (Hungary) and Jim Nicholson from the ECR Group (UK).

The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 274 Members from 27 Member States.

MEP Contacts

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Nuno MELO
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845240 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849240
Email: nuno.melo@europarl.europa.eu
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Elisabeth KÖSTINGER
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845211 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849211
Email: elisabeth.koestinger@europarl.europa.eu
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Mariya GABRIEL
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845248 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849248
Email: mariya.gabriel@europarl.europa.eu
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María Auxiliadora CORREA ZAMORA (Former MEP)
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845755 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849755
Email: mariaauxiliadora.correazamora@europarl.europa.eu

Press Contacts

Francisco Correia Da Silva
Portuguese press; Communications Strategy
Phone: +32 470 830 567
Daniel Köster
Austrian press; Communications Strategy
Phone: +32 487 384 784
Statul Karabashev
(Former staff member)
Bulgarian press; Photographer; Mediterranean countries, Euromed Parliamentary Assembly
Maria Concepcion Lozano Martinez
(Former staff member)
Spanish press

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