European Union Ministers for Agriculture gathered in Slovenia's second city Maribor. The Ministers and Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, took a raft along the Drava River. They also visited the 440-year old vine, said to be the oldest in the world, and a tourist farm. Then they went to Brdo pri Kranju Congress Centre to hold their three-day meeting. The Ministers tackled issues such as climate change, biofuels, environmental protection, risk management in agriculture and food safety. For the first time, they also exchanged views on the legislative proposals relating to the review of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which was presented by Mariann Fischer Boel. The review of the CAP reform opens an important issue on new challenges and the adjustment of European agriculture to changing global circumstances. In the conclusions adopted by the EU Council in March, the Ministers for Agriculture stressed the need for risk management in agriculture and established that new challenges must receive a broader response, including through other EU policies.
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