EU measures to encourage and support new entrants

14-09-2012

The weak number of new entrants into farming in the EU-27 is determined by certain economic and social factors that characterise Union agriculture. The CAP envisages a series of measures to counter this situation, which have been only scantly effective. The new model introduced by the Commission constitutes an insufficient solution to the problem and needs to be redefined if it is to effectively attract new entrants, not only to farming but to any other activity in the countryside. That entails drawing a distinction between agrifood and agri-environmental policies on the one hand and territorial rural policies on the other, to develop a new Rural Policy Framework for the EU.

The weak number of new entrants into farming in the EU-27 is determined by certain economic and social factors that characterise Union agriculture. The CAP envisages a series of measures to counter this situation, which have been only scantly effective. The new model introduced by the Commission constitutes an insufficient solution to the problem and needs to be redefined if it is to effectively attract new entrants, not only to farming but to any other activity in the countryside. That entails drawing a distinction between agrifood and agri-environmental policies on the one hand and territorial rural policies on the other, to develop a new Rural Policy Framework for the EU.

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Jesús G. REGIDOR and Beatriz Sánchez Reyes (for statistical assistance) (Autonomous University of Madrid)