Agriculture and Fisheries Council: extracts from the press conference (agriculture)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 15/12/2011 First transmission: 15/12/2011
The European Ministers in charge of Agriculture discussed the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy today in Brussels.
They also held an exchange of views on the regulation on rural development within the framework of the common agricultural policy reform package, as well as on the future budget of the EU programme that makes food aid available for the most needy in Europe.
It enables the distribution of food aid through organisations helping people on the poverty line in Europe. There are concerns that the programme may be axed after 2013.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference
||SOUNDBITE (Polish) by Marek Sawicki, Polish Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, on the distribution of food products to the European Union’s most needy people, saying that in the 2014-2020 budget planned by the European Commission, the aid for the most deprived will not be provided within the Common Agricultural Policy but within the Social Policy. This means that the European Union will not turn its back to the most deprived in Europe. Once the crisis is over, after 2014, the Member States will surely experience good economic growth and be able to resolve this problem.
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, on the same issue, saying that what is important is that the European has been able to bring this programme to its conclusion at the end of this budgetary period. As for after 2014, the European Commission will note and take into account the diverging positions of the Member States, and work upon that basis.
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||SOUNDBITE (French) by Dacian Cioloş on the regulation on rural development, saying that there is no further detail for the time being on the distribution criteria. There will be more nuancing about the way about the way these criteria will be used. This nuancing will come with the distribution proposal, but not before a total look on the reform of the CAP. That will come in good time in the course of next year.
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