Agriculture and Fisheries Council: extracts from the Trio Presidency joint press conference by Iztok Jarc, Jaime Silva and Gert Lindemann
Before the last EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting under the Slovenian Presidency, on 23 June 2008, Iztok Jarc, Slovenian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food and President in office of the Council, highlighted the importance of work and cooperation under the trio Presidency. Germany, Portugal and Slovenia had set out their objectives in a well-prepared 18-month Presidency programme and had for the most part accomplished their objectives in every area.
Among the trio Presidency's achievements he highlighted simplification and removal of administrative barriers, reform of the wine sector, progress on the plant protection products package and the common agricultural policy (CAP) healthcheck. Iztok Jarc stressed that the 18-month programme is a timescale that is appropriate to enabling objectives to be achieved more easily, particularly on complex and demanding dossiers.
On simplification and the removal of administrative barriers within the CAP, the Minister pointed out the Single Common Market Organisation Regulation streamlining and organising 21 market organisations under a single scheme and amendment of the Regulation simplifying cross-compliance. An important achievement of the trio Presidency was the wine sector reform. Political agreement was reached under the Portuguese Presidency, while the Slovenian Presidency framed and adopted the final text of the Regulation. All three Presidencies dedicated a great deal of time to the pesticide package. In addition to an intensive debate on the CAP reform healthcheck, as part of which the EU Council of Ministers, in March, gave the Commission a framework for short-term CAP amendments, the Council also focused on the question of the long-term development of the common agricultural policy after 2013.
Iztok Jarc commented that these successes were a result of genuinely excellent, constructive cooperation between all three Presidency countries. SHOTLIST