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CEETTAR Newsflash

Commission reacts to CEETTAR comments on distortion of competition rules
In October and November, CEETTAR raised again to the Commission its concerns about unequal treatment between actors and distorting fair competition rules, created by the provisions of the legislation on rural development which provides support for investment in physical assets. CEETTAR aim is to start a dialogue with the European Commission on this issue with the support of actual facts and figures from different Member states.

The Commission replied this week to our concerns (see letter below) with a very disappointing analysis, considering contractors are treated on satisfactory basis by the new CAP. However, CEETTAR will immediatly react, objecting to this vision and will try again to initiate a dialogue.

The secretariat will keep you informed of the developments.


Commission reply to CEETTAR concerns about the distortion of competition
CEMA position on exhaust emission legislation for non-road mobile machinery: More time needed
The new proposed regulation will introduce Stage V emission requirements including for the first time particulate number limits. Agricultural machinery already reduced the emissions of NOx and PM with around 95% in the last years and new emission limits will become even stricter.

CEMA supports the new introduction dates and emission limits proposed by the European Commission, but considers the timing of the new transition scheme to Stage V not feasible for the companies in the our industry and the SMEs in particular. The agricultural machinery sector is characterized by a wide range of products and the current transition scheme is simply too short to redesign the entire fleet within 12 months after the introduction date.
In the document below you can find the full CEMA position paper.

Discussions on the proposal will start in the European Parliament and Council in the coming weeks.


CEMA Position Paper
Brussels is preparing new measures for young farmers
The measures for young farmers in the new Pac are not sufficient believes the Italian Presidency. The Commission is working with the European Bank investment to find new financing.

The new European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, announced the establishment of a working group to examine the ways in which European Investment Bank (BEI) could help the young farmers. This working group made of delegates from the BEI and Directorate General Agriculture should propose in January 2015 measures such as favorable loans and bank guarantees to encourage young farmers to invest in the sector.

The Italian Presidency of the EU presented a statementinsisting that the new instruments of the CAP to promote the installation of young farmers – premium of 25% direct payments for three years, rural development programs and consulting services – were not sufficient to attract young people, while more than 5 million of them are unemployed in the rural areas across the EU. A statement supported by Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Greece and Slovakia. Italy advocated including exceptions to the rules on state aid for the purchase of agricultural land and an Erasmus-like program that would allow young farmers to share their knowledge.

The agriculture ministers of the EU should have an exchange of views on the issue at the last Council of Ministers of Agriculture under the Italian Presidency on 15 December.


Civil Dialogue Group on Rural Development: documents of the meeting of 28 November 2014
On 28 November 2014, the CDG on Rural development held its first meeting. CEETTAR was represented by Michiel Pouwels from the Netherlands. A brief report will be sent soon.

You can in the meantime access the documents of the meeting by clicking on the following link:


8 December 2014 Biodiversity Conference & European Bee
Award Ceremony
8 December 2014 CEETTAR Working Group on Forestry – Skype meeting
9 December 2014 CEPF Conference “Who is
steering the EU forest policy and where are we moving”
9 December 2014 Workshop of the European Confederation of Maize Production (CEPM) on “the Revision of the GMO Directive”.
15-16 December 2014 Council of Ministers for Agriculture
17 December 2014 Civil Dialogue Group on Forestry and Cork
18 December 2014 General Assembly of ENFE
13 January 2015 High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials
19-20 January 2015 Meeting of the ESCO reference group (qualification/competences/occupations)
21 January 2015 CEETTAR Board Meeting

CEETTAR Newsflash

AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY: End of the production of the TG835 et TG845 EU type in the Netherlands

Last April, the press announced that the American manufacturer AGCO decided to close the production line of its Automotive spreading TerraGator in its located in Grubbenvorst in the Netherlands. On 7 July, AGCO Netherlands BV has sent its French TerraGator clients a letter informing them of the decision of the put an end to the production of TG835 and TG845 of European style. This is a negative ad for the agricultural contractors who professionalism of spraying works with TerraGator brand. The decision of AGCO seems to affect the whole of Europe. At the initiative of the FNEDT, CEETTAR proposes to send a positive message to contractors active in ground crop spraying concerned by this decision and a ”client to supplier” message vis-à-vis of AGCO. Therefore, we invite you to support users of AGCO Challenger TerraGator to share information. As a consequence, we would like you:

  • let us know if the members of your organization owning a TerraGator were recipients of a similar letter from AGCO?
  • to communicate this letter to compare the information disseminated by AGCO and help us to prepare our message.

For more information, you can contact the secretariat.


EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Election of the presidents and vice-presidents of the committees

After the election of the new President, Vice-Presidents and Questors of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, parliamentary committees met in Brussels to elect their President and Vice-Presidents for a term of two and half years. The legislative work of the European Parliament is made in twenty standing committees and two subcommittees. Each committee elects a chairman and four vice presidents. Last July the board of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) was constituted as follows: President Czesław Adam SIEKIERSKI (EPP, PL) and four vice-presidents Eric ANDRIEU (S&D, FR), Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR, PL), Clara AGUILERA (S&D, ES) & Vasilica-Viorica DĂNCILĂ (S&D, RO). For moreinformation: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/agri/members.html


RURAL DEVELOPMENT : Partnership agreements with 5 member-states

The Commission adopted the partnership agreements that define the strategies to be implemented in five Member States (France, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and the Czech Republic) for the period 2014-2020 for the Structural Funds and the European Investment : regional Development Fund (ERDF), social (ESF), the Cohesion Fund, rural Development (EAFRD), fisheries and Maritime Affairs (EMFF).

According to the Commission, it is now up to member states ”to provide rural development plans ambitious, balanced and focused that can provide opportunities for farmers and rural areas to meet these challenges.” In the case of France, the agreement specifies how to invest the amount of € 15.9 billion in total for the cohesion policy (at current prices) and 11 , € 4 billion for rural development in the national economy over the seven years. For The Netherlands, the envelope under the cohesion policy is € 1.4 billion and that for rural development of € 607 million. These amounts are respectively €21.46 and € 4.06 billion in the case of Portugal, 23 and € 8 billion in the case of Romania, 22 and € 2 billion in the case of the Czech Republic. Agreements of this type have already been signed with Denmark, Germany, Poland, Greece, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Cyprus. For more information on the agreements, they are available on the following web page:http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/agreements/index_en.htm


FOREST: Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the EU Forest strategy

On 10 July, the EESC has adopted favorably the new EU strategy for forests. Whereas in today’s forests are under pressure and increasing threats and that many sectoral EU policies and regulations associated with them have an impact on forestry and forests, the EESC urges the Commission and Member States to ensure that the strategy is implemented efficiently and effectively. In its opinion, the EESC supports the holistic and balanced approach chosen, based on the three pillars (economic, environmental and social) sustainability. However, given the great importance of forests for the development of rural areas and the prospects for achieving the objectives set in the strategy, the EESC calls for inclusion of measures concerning forestry in the rural development programs and promote them to ensure better absorption of available funding. Finally, the EESC urges the Commission, the EU Member States and other stakeholders to continue negotiations on forests in Europe to reach consensus on a legally binding agreement. For more information, the document is available: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.nat-opinions


Agenda for the next 4 weeks

1-4 September European Parliament Committee meetings
3-4 September CEETTAR Board meeting
9 September Working Group on Agricultural Tractors (WGAT) DG ENTR
11-12 September General Assembly of Europäische Metall-Union
15-16 September Meeting of the ESCO reference group (qualification/competences/occupations)
19 September Public hearing of the EESC on the contribution of the woodworking sector on the carbone balance
22-25 September European Parliament Committee meetings
25 September CEETTAR Working Group on Forest
28-30 September Council of Ministers for Agriculture

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ELECTIONS 2014 : What follows

The European elections are now behind us, but many questions have yet to be answered. The next few days should cast more light on who will be the next Commission president and which political groups will find common ground to shape the agenda of the new Parliament. Here is a brief look at what comes next:

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European Commission – Call for experts

Dear Colleagues,

The European Commission launched on 11 March a call for experts such as farmers, advisers, scientists and other relevant actors for four Focus Groups of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural productivity and sustainability (EIP-Agri). The Focus Groups will begin their work in June-July 2014 and are expected to present their results and recommendations within 12-18 months. Candidates for each of the focus groups below are invited to apply in accordance to the rules set out in this notice for the purpose specified.

In short, the objectives of an EIP-AGRI focus group are:

  • to take stock of the state of the art of practice in the field of the EIP-AGRI focus group activity, listing problems and opportunities;
  • to take stock of the state of the art of research in this field, summarizing possible solutions to the problems listed;
  • to identify needs from practice and propose directions for further research;
  • to propose priorities for innovative actions by suggesting potential practical operational groups or other project formats to test solutions and opportunities, including ways to disseminate the practical knowledge gathered.


More information is available with this link:


Application can be made with this link:



Please do not hesitate to contact for any question you might have,


Kind regards


Chers collègues,

La Commission européenne a lancé le 11 mars un appel à experts tels qu’agriculteurs, conseillers, scientifiques et autres acteurs concernés pour quatre groupes de discussion du partenariat européen sur l’innovation pour la productivité agricole et la durabilité (EIP -Agri).


Les groupes de discussion vont commencer leur travail en juin-juillet 2014 et devront présenter leurs résultats et recommandations dans 12-18 mois. Les candidats pour chacun des groupes de discussion ci-dessous sont invités à soumettre leur candidature conformément aux règles énoncées dans le présent avis pour l’objectif visé.


En bref , les objectifs d’un groupe de discussion EIP-AGRI sont:

·        faire le point sur la pratique dans le domaine de l’activité du groupe de discussion EIP- AGRI , énumérant les problèmes et les opportunités ;

·        faire le point sur l’état de la recherche dans ce domaine, résumant les solutions possibles aux problèmes énumérés;

·        d’identifier les besoins de la pratique et de proposer des orientations pour de nouvelles recherches ;

·        de proposer des priorités pour les actions innovantes en suggérant des groupes opérationnels sur des pratiques potentielles ou d’autres formats de projet afin de tester des solutions et des opportunités, y compris en ce qui concerne les moyens de diffusion des connaissances pratiques recueillies .


Plus d’informations sont disponibles sur ce lien:


La candidature peut être faite avec ce lien:




N’hésitez pas à me contacter pour toute question,





Eric Drésin
Confédération Européenne des Entrepreneurs
de Travaux Techniques Agricoles, Ruraux et Forestiers
European Organisation of Agricultural and Rural Contractors
Europäischer Zentralverband der Lohnunternehmer
Rue de l’hôpital/Gasthuisstraat 31 b.2 – 1000 Brussels
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Fax: +32 (0)2 400 71 26
e-mail: ceettar@ceettar.eu
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CEETTAR Newsflash 2014/01

FINANCES : Soon new rules for agriculture and forestry

The European Commission just published two projects on new rules for State financing in the agricultural and forestry sectors, as well as in rural zones. Organisations and companies are asked to take a look at these projects and make some comments by 24 March at the latest. These texts will also be discussed with the member States mid-March and will be redrafted afterwards, taking into account the comments received. Then the texts will be presented to the Commission for adoption in June and implementation on 1 July 2014. The projects Brussels present concern the exemptions on community rules and the directive lines that apply to State aids. The aim is to speed up the procedures, to reduce the administrative burden of the public administrations and to adapt the current arrangements to the new CAP.

The first text aims at extending the scope of the rules defining the categories of State subsidies that can be granted by the member States without prior notification to the Commission. New categories will be included, which will especially permit to grant support to the forestry sector. This sector now benefits from financial support thanks to the EARDF Funds.

Last December, the Commission already adopted another legal instrument that applies to the agricultural sector: Regulation on the minimis aid. As of 1 January, State financing for primary agricultural production that does neither exceed 15 000 € per beneficiary (instead of 7 500 € before) over a period of three fiscal years, nor does it exceed the 1 % ceiling (instead of 0,75 % before) of the national agricultural production worth are viewed as aids not distorting or posing no threat to distort the competition and which can be granted without prior notification or authorisation by Brussels. You can find the document (only available in English) by following this link: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/consultations/index_en.htm. You can send your comments to the secretariat before 23 March. CEETTAR will communicate its position to the Commission on 24 March. For further information, please contact the secretariat.


SOCIAL : posting of workers

The permanent representatives of the 28 in Brussels approved on 5 March a compromise reached on 27 February with the European Parliament on the reinforcement of the 1996 Directive on the posting of workers from one EU country to another. This text aims at giving means to national administrations to avoid frauds, which are many. The text still has to receive the approval of the parliamentary committee responsible on 18 March and has still to be voted in the plenary session in April in order to be definitively adopted by the Council. The 28 member States will have two years to transpose into national law. For more information, please contact the secretariat.


FOREST: European study on Wood Raw Material Supply & Demand

On 18 March, the European Commission officially presented to the stakeholders the report ”Study on the Wood Raw Material Supply & Demand for the EU Wood-processing Industries” published in December 2013. This large document aims at analysing on the one hand the resources, production methods and their competitiveness and, on the other hand, the need of the different industries using wood. Moreover it aims at integrating this evaluation in the European legal framework. The study also includes case-studies of countries such as Finland, Germany, Spain and the United-Kingdom. Eventually, as a conclusion, the document suggests a number of recommendations calling upon the UE and member states to increase investment, both in the forestry sector and in the infrastructure, to adapt the legislation as to bring more support to the sector. For more information, please contact the secretariat.


GMOs: the member States reopen the discussion about cultivation

Apart from France and Belgium, the member States have supported on  3 March of this year the restart of the negotiations on the authorisation (and prohibition) of cultivation of GMOs within the EU based on the proposals of the European Commission. Technical works will from now on be carried out in order to reach a political agreement before June. The text that will be used as a work basis suggests to implement an arrangement in two steps: firstly, member States that do not want to grow GMOs ask the company, who wants to get a new GMO seed authorised, to commit themselves not to sell this seed in the member State in question. If the company refuses, the member State can prohibit the cultivation on a part of or on the whole of its territory by providing other justifications on top of the health and environmental ones.
After the European elections, the negotiations will start between the Commission, the Council and the Parliament, which adopted already in 2011 the proposal of the Commission. However, despite the restart of this case, many technical points (time limits, motivation…) still have to be finalised. For more information, please contact the 


PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS : two new patents for Monsanto

Continuing its latest decisions, the European Patent Office recently granted two certificates to Monsanto. The first concerns a technique permitting the selection of soya varieties adapted to certain climate zones and developed from sequencing 250 “exotic” soya varieties which were tested for their adaptation ability to global warming.  The second is about a new broccoli variety, that has a higher stem than average and thus making mechanic picking easier. These two patents granted to varieties obtained by conventional selection raise once again the question of the patentability of every animal or plant reproduction material and the future plant production in the European legal system. For more information, please contact the secretariat.


ENVIRONMENT : European Council and Parliament reach an agreement

On 5 March, the negotiators of the European Parliament and the Greek presidency of the Council have reached an agreement on the proposal of the European Commission aiming at preventing the import or at stopping the propagation of intrusive exotic species. The legal text, still to be adopted formally by the Council and the Parliament, provides the implementation of surveillance systems and action plans by the member States against these plants, animals or insects which cost 12 thousand million euros to the EU every year (agricultural and forestry losses, diseases…). Official border controls should be increased and for the already very widespread intrusive exotic species, the member States will have to work out management plans.


Agenda for the following weeks

18 mars

Presentation of the « Supply and demand of wood » study by DG ENTERPRISE

19 mars

Joint meeting of the management committee Rural Development and the committee on the Agricultural Funds (Commission/member States)

20-21 mars

Standing Forestry Committee(Commission/member States)

24 mars

Council of Ministers of Agriculture

24-25 mars

Meeting of ESCO reference group (qualification/skills/professions)

1 avril

Forum for Agriculture 2014: Meeting the food and environmental challenge: how to sustainably produce more with less and trade better

2 avril

« New spring for bees » conference of European Parliament

3-4 avril

Board meeting of the European Metal Union

7 avril

Last meeting of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament before the parliamentary elections of 25 May 2014

17 avril

CEETTAR Board meeting

7 mai

EMSA General Assembly  (European Mobile Seed Association).