Agriculture and Fisheries Council: arrivals
Première transmission: 19/11/2009
Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
Fin de production: 19/11/2009
On 20 November 2009, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council took place in Brussels. The EU Ministers in charge of Agriculture and Fisheries were expected to adopt, without discussion, measures intended to improve the situation on the dairy market. At the meeting of the Ecofin Council on 18 November 2009, a decision was taken on payment of 280 million euros that could be used as a temporary extra measure for the milk sector in 2010. The Council could also adopt a decision authorising Poland to grant state aids for the purchase of agricultural land. After lunch, Ministers were invited to adopt a decision on genetically modified maize MIR 604. In the afternoon, Ministers dealed with fisheries. They discussed the framework for decision-making in the future Common Fisheries Policy. They will be informed by the Commission and hold an exchange of views on the Bilateral Fisheries Agreement with Norway. The Council also aimed to reach political agreement on the fishing opportunities for turbot and sprat in the Black Sea in 2010. Other point on the agenda was the political agreement on the conservation of fisheries resources through technical measures.
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||Arrival of Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish Minister for Agriculture and President in office of the Council, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): today we have a one day event, so to say, because of the top meeting of yesterday; and that means that we are going to deal with the fisheries issues only today, a part of a framework around the milk sector and the Finance Ministers gave us money for day the day before yesterday; on the fisheries agenda we have two, three point, the main points is the technical measures which will mean that we can get rid of most of the discards and get a more sustainable fisheries in Europe and I will take TACs and quotas for the Black Sea, that's the main points today.
||Cutaway of a cameraman
||Soundbite by Ilse Aigner, German Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, (in GERMAN) on genetically modified maize MIR 604 and on the dairy sector
||Arrival of Elena Espinosa, Spanish Minister for Environment, Rural and Maritime Affairs
||Arrival of Aikaterini Batzeli, Greek Minister for Rural Development and Food
||Arrival of Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development
||Arrival of Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries