RDP - Delivering for Young Agri-Entrepreneurs 2014-2020

Macra hosted a European Young Farmers conference in association with CEJA in the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin on Monday, 11th March. The conference delivered a unified message from young farmers all over Europe to the institutions of the European Union regarding CAP reform. With only 6% of European farmers under 35 years of age, effective measures are needed to encourage new entrants to European agriculture.

The conference was addressed by:

  • European Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos
  • Chairman of the Council of Agriculture Ministers, Simon Coveney
  • MEP Mairead McGuinness, Member of COMAGRI
  • Alan Renwick, Professor in Agriculture & Food Economics, UCD

Other speakers set out the expectations of Europe’s new generation of farmers.

CEJA conference group photo

Click the photo to watch the video of the conference!

Participants contributed to the debate on the shape of the next Rural Development Programme. The conference was followed by a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin with President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins and an international banquet in Trinity College Dining Hall, Dublin.

Read the full schedule here.

The final outcomes from the conference is available as the Dublin Declaration which you can read here.

You can also read the full conference report here which includes photos and full overview and outcomes of the meeting.