At the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels on 15th December, Agriculture Ministers from across the EU agreed on Presidency Conclusions in order to promote generational renewal in the sector. These conclusions, drawing on some of the proposals initiated by CEJA earlier this year, mark important progress in securing the future of the EU agricultural sector and are testament to the fact that young farmers must play a key role in it.
The Presidency Conclusions outline and recognise the current demographic situation in the EU farming population as a matter of serious concern which needs to be addressed. The document also acknowledges the lack of access to credit as a huge barrier to young people attempting to start, or take over, a farm and addresses the problem by calling upon the European Investment Bank (EIB) to facilitate loans at favourable rates exclusively to young farmers.
Addressing CEJA members alongside Minister Martina at the CEJA working group after the Council meeting, CEJA President Matteo Bartolini strongly welcomed the conclusions, saying: “CEJA is delighted to see that young farmers are at the heart of these Presidency conclusions. It is excellent news that the EU farm Ministers have been able to agree on plans for support to be made available to young people attempting to access the sector in the coming years. If these are implemented successfully, we may be able to eradicate one of the biggest barriers to entry of the sector, thereby enabling young farmers to improve the job creation, growth and competitiveness of European agriculture.”
MIJARC Europe is looking for an additional employee on continental level. Aiming at a further development of the secretariat, the European Team regards it as important to have a second employee as a support for the staff in Brussels.
As a movement of self-organized young people, it is a desire of MIJARC Europe that this employee comes from one of the rural organizations.
Read more about the profile of the candidates and the main tasks here.
MIJARC Europe wants to present you the second edition of our magazine Info Europe this year. This issue is about the rural development. Inside you will find news from Europe, MIJARC Europe and best practices of its member movements - YMDRAB Bulgaria, KLJB Germany and MRJC France. You can also find interviews with the new members of the European Team. And on the last page - the calendar of upcoming activities in 2015!
Enjoy the reading!
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10th December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
On 10 December every year, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”
This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.
MIJARC has celebrated its 60th anniversary on the past 16th of October (yes, the World Food Day!). You could say by its age that it is no longer a young movement, but MIJARC is ran by young people and for young people, and therefore it is a 60 year-old with a very youthful mind.
It is true that our societies have changed considerably in these 60 years, but the topics that MIJARC focus its work on, unfortunately haven’t been seeing great positive changes in this large period of time. Consequently, MIJARC is still today an indispensible civil society organization that struggles for the empowerment of rural young people, food sovereignty, social justice, sustainable rural development, peace and respect for Human Rights.
We wish much success and many more years to come continuing to support rural young people around the world.
An official celebration took place during the Extraordinary General Assembly in Lusaka, Zambia, with a cake, gifts and some deep reflection about the meaning of MIJARC.
And as MIJARC is made of each and everyone of us who have been contributing for its work and development in a way or another, every year: congratulations and thank you all for making MIJARC history! Here is your gift: MIJARC