Supporting young farmers
To address rural depopulation, the European Union must provide young farmers with long-term prospects and implement a comprehensive generational renewal strategy. To achieve this, it is necessary to make full use of all the possibilities provided under the future CAP.
Access to knowledge, land and finance should be fostered mainly, but not only, through pillar II measures due to the variability and diversity of situations across Europe. All proposed measures in the future CAP, such as retirement schemes, must truly benefit young farmers directly. It is also necessary to reverse the negative trend in farmers’ income, currently at 46.5% of that in the other economic sectors. We call on all Member States to make a strong commitment to supporting and financing young farmers.