Access to land for farmers in the EU

Wednesday, 7 Dec 2016 09:00





Opening words

  • Mr Brendan Burns, President of the Section Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) at the European Economic and Social Committee 
  • Ms Maria Heubuch, MEP Greens/EFA, Germany

1st panel - Introduction & analysis of the current situation

Why is European farm land coming under increasing pressure? What does land concentration and management of land by shareholder companies mean for farmers, our society and the environment? What are the advantages of safeguarding small and medium sized family farms with strong local ties?

Opening remarks by Mr Bronis Ropė, MEP Greens/EFA

  • Ms Sylvia Kay, Researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI), The Netherlands
  • Ms Véronique Rioufol, European coordinator of Terre de Liens, France
  • Mr Attila Miklós Szőcs-Boruss, Farmer and member of the Ecoruralis Association, Romania
  • Mr Helmut Klüter, Institut of geography and geology, University of Greifswald, Germany
  • Mr Thierry de l'Escaille, Secretary General of the European landowners’ organization, Belgium


Final remarks by Mr Florent Marcellesi, MEP Greens/EFA

Coffee break

2nd panel - Discussion of possible solutions at national/regional level

Why are some legal frameworks more able to deliver than others to ensure farmers’ access to land? How can they be improved and adapted to new challenges? What are best practices to learn from at the legal and institutional levels?

Opening remarks by Mr Martin Häusling, MEP Greens/EFA         

  • Ms Liesbet Vranken, Professor at KU Leuven and expert on land market regulations in Europe, Belgium
  • Mr Jobst Jungehülsing, Head of Division, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany
  • Mr Pete Richie, Director of Nourish Scotland
  • Mr Paul Bonhommeau, La Coopérative d’installation en agriculture paysanne, France
  • Ms Rūta Bičiuvienė, Lithuanian association of agricultural cooperatives


Final remarks by Ms Molly Scott Cato, MEP Greens/EFA

End of 2nd panel

The Greens/European Free Alliance