Agriculture and Fisheries Council: extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 22/10/2012 First transmission: 22/10/2012
On 22 October, Sofoclis Aletratis, Cypriot Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment and Dacian Ciolos, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, held the press conference of the Agriculture Council.
During the session, the European Agriculture Ministers discussed the internal convergence of CAP Direct Payments and support to the young farmer to help them to access to Agriculture.
On the internal convergence for which the Commission proposes that Member States achieve a uniform level of direct payments at regional or national level by 2019, the Member States agreed that direct payment had to changed. Some delegations asked for more gradual process. Dacian Ciolos underlined the need for real internal convergence adding he is prepared to discuss how achive that without affecting holdings too much.
On the second issue, the Member States were in favour of support for young farmers but some of them were reluctant to compulsory methods.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Dacian Ciolos, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development: Nevertheless there are discussions about internal convergence how we can achieve that without affecting holdings too seriously because obviously holdings will be affected by internal convergence. It is clear that I don't want a greening to become a green wash and I don't want internal convergence to become a sham internal convergence, I want real converge although I am prepared to discuss how we can achieve this, particularly how we achieve the transition. But we really have to achieve convergence.
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||SOUNDBITE (in Greek) Sofoclis Aletratis, Cypriot Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, and President-in-office of the Council: The second table round, we will look at the support for young farmers to help them to establish themselves in farms. From that discussion, it emerged that a large majority of Member States support the idea of support given to young farmers. On how far they should be compulsory or not, and if that should be applied to the first and the second pillar, most Member States expressed their preference for flexible methods, flexible support for young farmers.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Dacian Ciolos: On the subject of young farmers, I was glad to see that a consistent majority was in favour of the idea of having specific measures for young farmers. I continue to stress the need to have a common approach for young farmers. Some Members States are unhappy with the word obligatory, instead of talking about obligatory, I will be happy to talk about common approach. So that that all Members States have measures to support young farmers.
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