Agriculture and Fisheries Council: extracts from the press conference
Première transmission: 28/10/2008
Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
Fin de production: 28/10/2008
Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, explained the results of 24 hours of negotiations on the so called "health check" of the Common Agricultural Policy. She felt an extremely constructive atmosphere among member states and was quite hopeful that it would be possible to conclude in November. She remembered also that the main target of the "health check" is not to protect European agriculture in the old fashioned way, but to make it competitive enough to face the new challenges.
On illegal logging, Michel Barnier, French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, announced that an unanimous agreement had been reached to minimise EU imports of illegally harvested timber and timber products by defining the proper framework for importing and marketing wood from third countries.
The ministers also discussed the School Fruit scheme, which aims to provide free fruit and vegetables to school children and should be approved in November.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General views of the press conference press (2 shots)
||Michel Barnier, French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and President in office of the Council of the EU, saying (in French), on the "health check", that it's not by chance that agriculture is so important to the European economy; that in a moment of disorder, the EU is managing to hold it together through its agriculture and through the work of the farmers and the agri-food business; that the ministers are working on a health check to protect EU workers, agricultural model and fruit producing model.
||Mariann Fischer-Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, saying (in ENGLISH), on the "health check", that EU is not yet there but she feels an extremely constructive atmosphere among Member States and she is quite hopeful that it will be possible to conclude in November; that she thinks that the main idea of the "health check" is no to protect EU agriculture in the old fashioned way, but to make it competitive enough to face the new challenges.
||Michel Barnier, French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, saying (in FRENCH) on "School Fruit Scheme", that the scheme is very important in terms of public health, in terms of access to fruit and vegetables, especially for young people from deprived areas.
||Michel Barnier, French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, saying (in FRENCH) that ministers and environmental organisations have unanimously supported the proposal on illegal logging in order to define a proper framework of the importing and marketing of wood from the third countries.
||Mariann Fischer-Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, saying (in ENGLISH), on milk quotas, that she thinks that she will keep the negotiations at the negotiating table and then give clear information at the end of EU November Council; that she only indicated that this is a touchy and political sensitive issue and she is sure that the EC will be able to find solutions.