Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI-FISH):
Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 28/11/2012 First transmission: 28/11/2012
As regards agriculture, ministers will have a public debate on direct payments, single CMO and rural development within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform. Some specific issues discussed will be: equivalence to greening practices, sugar quotas and vine planting rights.
The Council could then adopt a regulation concerning the use of lactic acid to reduce microbiological surface contamination on bovine carcasses.
Concerning fisheries issues, the ministers will try to find a political agreement on fishing opportunities for certain deep-sea stocks for 2013 and 2014. They will also have an exchange of views on the annual consultations between the EU and Norway.
Finally the ministers will be briefed on the EU-Morocco agreement on agriculture, the error rate in rural development, the EU food model, the Norway pout stocks and the EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE by Sofoclis Aletraris, Cyprus Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment (In English) saying that: Today is the first day of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting, we will address only agriculture issues. We will be dealing with the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy and the direct payment, we'll be discussing greening and the equivalence. Under the single CMO we'll be discussing foreseen termination of the sugar quota regime and under rural development the Ministers will have the chance to debate whatever important issues that they consider outstanding. We'll having a very busy day and I'm looking forward to the discussions and the exchance of views with my colleagues.
And no, we won't be adressing any milk issue.
||Magdalena Lacko-Bartosova, Slovakian State Secretary at Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
||Romain Schneider, Luxembourgish Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development
||SOUNDBITE by Miguel Arias Canete ARIAS CAÑETE, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment (In Spanish) saying that
||Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
||SOUNDBITE by Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish Minister for Agriculture (In English) saying that: Today we will talk about, amongst other things, the greening component within the CAP which I think is a key and a clue for Sweden to sort out since we have that many rule areas where we have not square fields but other types of natures so that's important for Sweden and in-between these fields a lot of forest and so on so the greening component is the key question for Sweden today.