Agriculture and Fisheries Council: arrivals and round table

Type: Report   Reference: I-054701   Duration: 10:04:53  Lieu:
End production: 16/07/2007
The Ministers for Agriculture from the 27 Member States of the EU met to discuss the proposal of the European Commision for a wide-ranging reform of the wine sector. The proposal aims at re-allocating funds from the bloc's 1.3 billion Euro wine budget and uproot 200,000 hectares of vines. The addition of sugar to enrich wine would be banned and aid for must would also be abolished. The aim is to make European wines more competitive by clamping down on the practice of producing surplus wine and bolstering marketing to compete with so-called New World wines. The Council also held a policy debate on a proposal for a regulation concerning a temporary scheme for the restructuring of the sugar industry in the Community.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Council building 00:00:06
10:00:11 Arrival of Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish Minister for Agriculture 00:00:07
10:00:18 Arrival of Jaime Silva, Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, and President in office of the Council 00:00:07
10:00:25 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:06
10:00:31 Jaime Silva (in FRENCH) saying that they have a good basis for the negotiation, the main lines are there, even if they know that there are some proposals that are difficult for some Member States, including for Portugal; for example, the total liberalization, that can create big problems in the regions that are producing with geographical origin, it's difficult to do it from one day to another; this point and also the topic of digging up the vines and the end of aids for distillation have to be discussed to try to find a solution to have a calm reform 00:00:47
10:01:18 Arrival of Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, Finnish Minister for Agriculture and Forestry 00:00:08
10:01:26 Arrival of Gerda Verburg, Dutch Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality 00:00:06
10:01:32 Arrival of Elena Espinosa Mangana, Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (2 shots) 00:00:19
10:01:51 Elena Espinosa Mangana (in SPANISH) saying that in this reform it is important to take also into account those products that are not wine; a reform can't be done from one day to another; it is important to have a period before the aids for distillation disappear; in this point Spain agrees completely with the French position 00:00:26
10:02:17 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:07
10:02:24 Michel Barnier, French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, (in FRENCH) saying that this is the main point because the idea of liberalization will drive to the lost of the roots of European wines; but France is also worried about chaptalisation because they don't want to penalise the more competitive sugar industry 00:00:27
10:02:51 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:06
10:02:57 Portuguese Presidency (6 shots) 00:00:56
10:03:53 Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development 00:00:08
10:04:01 General view of the meeting 00:00:06
10:04:07 Elena Espinosa Mangana 00:00:06
10:04:13 Jaime Silva 00:00:12
10:04:25 Elena Espinosa Mangana and Jaime Silva (2 shots) 00:00:16
10:04:41 Jaime Silva signing documents 00:00:06
10:04:47 Michel Barnier 00:00:06
10:04:53 General view of the meeting 00:00:06
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