Opening Saturday the Agriculture Fair, Emmanuel Macron will deliver a speech on his vision of Europe and the Common Agricultural Policy, rather than the evils of the rural world widely discussed in its major debates, has indicated the Elysee.
The Head of State is due to deliver his speech at 8.30 in front of about 500 people, half of them young farmers coming from European countries, but also the European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan and the European negotiator Michel Barnier, before a visit which must last the day.
He will start by greeting Imminence, cow of Blue race of North, muse of the Salon, then will go, in order, on the stands of the milk, beef, poultry, eggs, pork, peach, potato, viticulture, fruits and vegetables, field crops and beer.
Many farmers attending the show hope to address it to expose their expectations, which range from public services in the rural world to price changes.
Last year, he had spent twelve hours straight in the alleys, responding to visitors, including the most hostile.
Rather than the ills of the rural world that he has largely addressed in his major debates, the head of state will focus his speech on his European vision of agriculture, while the negotiations to develop the future common agricultural policy (CAP) have just started.
“The President will launch a call for mobilization for the CAP and for a European unity.In the face of the great powers such as Russia, China and the United States who make their agriculture a strategic issue, the Europeans must be able to be partners and not competitors, “said the Elysee.
It should recall its vision of the challenges of the CAP: that Europe regains its food sovereignty, including the autonomy of its animal feed supply, 70% dependent on imported transgenic soy, and that the CAP protects farmers and consumers, explained the entourage of the president.
To avoid intra-European distortions, France also calls for the next CAP to set an equivalent percentage for environmental protection for each Member State. He wants both farmers to be protected from the vagaries of the market and the maintenance of European standards in favor of consumers.
Among the hot topics: the search for alternatives to pesticides, including glyphosate, the still limited impact of the Food Act on the prices paid to farmers, the future of the post-Brexit fishing industry and the refusal to an EU-US agreement on agriculture, “red line” for Paris.
French senators have recently criticized the proposals for reform of the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2021 which for them may lead to “27 national agricultural policies”.
According to the organizers of the show, the same safety device as usual is provided, adaptable in case of intervention of “yellow vests”, this fifteenth Saturday mobilization.
The show, which lasts nine days, awaits between 600,000 and 700,000 visitors.