16 Mar 2017
THE CAP REMAINS THE BEST HOPE – 16 MARCHBrussels Daily
Keynote Address by Commissioner Phil Hogan at the 73rd FNPL Congress in Langres, France – 16th March 2017
It is also my duty to be honest with you, to provide you with the facts, and to talk with you face to face about the political reality for Europe’s farmers in 2017. I am here to deliver one message loud and clear: I am 100% convinced that the Common Agricultural Policy remains the best hope for France’s dairy farmers to succeed, today and in the years to come.
Why do I say this? Because the facts show that the European Union continues to strongly support dairy farmers in good times and bad. As your Commissioner; as a proud advocate for this sector; as a defender of our hard-working family farmers; let me remind you of those facts.
When I took office in 2014, Europe was entering a profound and lasting dairy price crisis. We saw the storm clouds coming. And we took decisive action at every stage of the crisis, exhausting every legislative tool at our disposal.
Let me tell you what this meant in detail. Read Speech in full Keynote Address by Commissioner Phil Hogan at the 73rd FNPL Congress in Langres, France – 16th March 2017