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
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 18/02/2008 First transmission: 18/02/2008
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.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||External view of the European Council building by night
||General view of the press conference (2 shots)
||Iztok Jarc, Slovenian Minister for Agriculture and President in office of the Council, saying (in SLOVENIAN) that they could not reach a qualified majority to adopt a decision; It is up now to the European Commission to decide on the issue of certification of GMO's.
||Cutaway of journalists attending the press conference
||Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural development, saying (in ENGLISH) on WTO negotiations, that she still thinks it is necessary to have geographic indications in the final negotiations; that she's not stepping down from her commitment to fight till the very end to get something for the Mediterranean countries mainly, that are depending on the possibility of using them to sell their products on the emerging countries as well at fair and reasonable price.
||Iztok Jarc saying (in SLOVENIAN) that it is true that a large number of Member States voiced their concern saying this is not a good text, not a good basis for further discussions; that they were told that there is a great asymmetry in the negotiations between the different areas and urged the Commissioner to pursue a parallel approach in the negotiations.
||Mariann Fischer Boel saying (in ENGLISH) that a large majority were very unhappy with the unbalance between the agriculture text and the NAMA text because agriculture has being moving forward and now the statement from Member States was that NAMA was step back because of the flexibility is now taking out of the brackets; that this was a general dissatisfaction by the vast majority and they should, from the Commission side, make progress to reestablish balance to give the European industries the possibility to have some advantages from export out of the EU on industrial products to balance the looses in agriculture.
||Cutaway of journalists