Chairman of the Danish Agricultural Council, Martin Merrild, has been elected as President for the common European farmers’ association COPA, that represents 23 million European farmers.
As Chairman of the Danish Agricultural Council Martin Merrild is already spending a fair amount of time in Brussels. In his new position as COPA President he will work for the simplification and de-bureaucratization of EU regulations in the ackowledgement that EU is important, and many decisions have already been made in Brussels before issues catch the focus of national attention.
“This is an issue also highly prioritised by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, and I hope that together we can clean up in the jungle of regulations. It is needed,” says Martin Merrild. He also stresses the importance of the European farmers staying together, and adds that he will put much effort into ensuring the continued cohesion among European farmers.
Martin Merrild has been Chairman of the Danish Agricultural Council since 2012, and he has held a number of political posts within Danish agriculture. A professional farmer since 1977, Martin Merrild owns and manages a farm in Western Denmark with 600.000 broiler chickens and an annual production of 12.000 mink skins.