Agriculture and Fisheries Council: round table
End production: 19/05/2008 First transmission: 19/05/2008
EU Ministers for Agriculture met on 19 May 2008 in Brussels to take a decision on a proposal for a Directive estalishing a framework to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides, that includes an important reduction in the number of substances allowed in the EU. Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, said at her arrival that she was not ready to make compromises on health issues. The Ministers also held an emergency debate on the rise in food and agriculture product prices with a view to find a solution to mitigate the adverse effects of such market price trends. It was expected that the Ministers would ask to include measures aimed at curbing the trend on the agricultural "health check".
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||Jaime Silva, Portuguese Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries
||Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, with Kazimira Danutė Prunskienė, Lithuanian Minister for Agriculture, and with Horst Seehofer, German Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (3 shots)
||Elena Espinosa Mangana, Spanish Minister for the Environment
||Michel Barnier, French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, and Brendan Smith, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
||Marek Sawicki, Polish Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development
||General view of the roundtable
||Member of a delegation
||Michel Barnier, and Gerda Verburg, Dutch Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
||Fernand Boden, Luxembourgish Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development, and Mārtiņš Roze, Latvian Minister for Agriculture
||Presidency: Iztok Jarc, Slovenian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food and President in office of the Council