Agriculture and Fisheries Council: extracts from the joint press conference by Iztok Jarc, Slovenian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food and President in office of the Council, and Mariann Fischer Boel
Following the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Iztok Jarc, Slovenian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food and President in office of the Council, and Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave a joint press conference.
European Union Agriculture ministers failed to reach the required majority to authorise five genetically modified (GMO) products: four insect-resistant GMO maize types, including three hybrids, and a potato engineered to produce high amounts of starch. The decision will go back to the European Commission.
Ministers talked also about the Health Check on the Common Agricultural Policy and analysed the state of play in the WTO negotiations. A majority of Member States showed concerns about the lack of balance between the NAMA and the agriculture texts. SHOTLIST