Agriculture and Fisheries Council: arrivals and round table

Type: Report   Reference: I-056015   Duration: 10:59:41  Lieu:
End production: 19/12/2007   First transmission: 19/12/2007
EU Agriculture Ministers met on 19 December 2007 in Brussels to try to reach an agreement on the wine sector reform. The Portuguese Presidency presented a new working document (the second one) with new proposals. The aim of the reform is to help European wine makers to face the challenges of global competition and at the same time secure more effective spending of EU farm subsidies. However, several wine producing countries disagree on key points of the reform. Northern and Central countries reject the ban for adding sugar to wine, while Shouthern coutries call for subsidies for using pure grape juice and destillation. Another controversial point is the full liberalization of planting rights for quality wine makers. As the talks entered their final stages, Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, offered more concessions to get a deal.

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10:55:17 Title 00:00:04
10:55:22 Arrival of Jaime Silva, Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and President in office of the Council (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:55:33 Jaime Silva (in PORTUGUESE) saying that the Portuguese Presidency has already told to Member States that they want an agreement that will help to improve competitiveness of European wines; but if it is an agreement that keeps things nearly like now, they won't accept it; the EU has a problem of surplus, it is loosing market in front of imported wine from South Africa or Argentina that have very good prices; the EU has to face reality and he hopes the Council will understand that message 00:00:53
10:56:26 Arrival of Horst Seehofer, German Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:56:40 Cutaway of cameraman 00:00:04
10:56:44 Arrival of Fernand Boden, Luxembourgish Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development 00:00:06
10:56:50 Arrival of Michel Barnier, French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries 00:00:07
10:56:57 Roundtable: Michel Barnier (2 shots) 00:00:23
10:57:20 Marek Sawicki, Polish Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development (2 shots) 00:00:17
10:57:37 Michel Barnier 00:00:08
10:57:45 Elena Espinosa Mangana, Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (2 shots) 00:00:16
10:58:01 George Pullicino, Maltese Minister for Rural Affairs and the Environment, and Fotis Fotiou, Cypriot Minister for Agriculture, Natural resources and the Environment (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:58:15 Presidency: Jaime Silva 00:00:06
10:58:21 Jaime Silva and Michel Barnier (3 shots) 00:00:32
10:58:53 Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, talking to Fernand Boden 00:00:16
10:59:09 Fotis Fotiou 00:00:02
10:59:11 Mariann Fischer Boel with George Pullicino (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:59:22 Gerda Verburg, Dutch Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality 00:00:07
10:59:29 Josef Pröll, Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, with Jaime Silva and George Pullicino 00:00:06
10:59:35 Paolo de Castro, Italian Minister for Agricultural and Forest Policies 00:00:06
10:59:41 General view of the roundtable (2 shots) 00:00:05
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