Agriculture and Fisheries Council: arrivals and round table

Type: Report   Reference: I-055981   Duration: 10:06:46  Lieu:
End production: 17/12/2007   First transmission: 17/12/2007
EU Agriculture Ministers met on 17 December 2007 in Brussels to try to get an agreement on the wine sector reform. The aim of the reform is to increase the competitiveness of EU producers, win back markets, balance supply and demand, simplify the rules, preserve the best traditions of EU wine production, reinforce the social fabric of rural areas and respect the environment. Key to the reform will be making better use of the budget (1.3 billion Euros), which will remain at the current level. However, Member States still have very different points of view: nearly 20 countries headed by Germany are strongly defending the addition of sugar to the wine, while southern countries are asking for keeping the aids to must and distillation. Another controversial point is the liberalisation of plantation rights.

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10:04:01 Title 00:00:04
10:04:06 Exterior view of the Council with Greenpreace demonstrators 00:00:09
10:04:15 Arrival of Horst Seehofer, German Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection 00:00:08
10:04:23 Horst Seehofer (in GERMAN) saying that sugar, rights of plantation, labelling, distillation, nearly every point of the Commission's proposal has to be discussed 00:00:08
10:04:31 Jaime Silva, Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, and President in office of the Council, (in ENGLISH) saying that the cost of not doing the reform is high; they risk to loose more market in the future; obviouly, the Portuguese Presidency wants the wine reform to be adopted, but they are not ready to pay any kind of price; namely, particularly, they are not ready to do a kind of no-reform; some important changes can be reduced, some Member States want mobility, others want more money, which is not possible; so they are not ready to pay any kind of price to get that reform 00:00:36
10:05:07 Roundtable: Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, Finnish Minister for Agriculture and Forestry 00:00:08
10:05:15 Dacian Ciolos, Romanian Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development 00:00:06
10:05:21 Horst Seehofer 00:00:07
10:05:28 Jaime Silva 00:00:07
10:05:35 Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Sirkka-Liisa Anttila 00:00:10
10:05:45 Presidency: Jaime Silva 00:00:07
10:05:52 Horst Seehofer 00:00:10
10:06:02 General view 00:00:07
10:06:09 Gerda Verburg, Dutch Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality 00:00:08
10:06:17 Mary Coughland, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, talking with Mariann Fischer Boel 00:00:08
10:06:25 General view 00:00:07
10:06:32 Gerda Verburg and Horst Seehofer 00:00:06
10:06:38 Kazimira Danutė Prunskienė, Lithuanian Minister for Agriculture 00:00:08
10:06:46 General view 00:00:09
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