Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI): extracts from the press conference by the Cypriot Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 19/12/2012 First transmission: 19/12/2012
On 18 and 19 December the Presidency presented to the Council a progress report on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). They talked also about vine planting rights.
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 Greek) by Sofoclis Aletraris, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus: Nevertheless there are still standing issues which require further discussion. The proposal for young and small farmers were amended and simplified considerably. And furthermore for the SAB system transitional provisions were introduces which largely satisfied the demands of the member States concerned. As regards the horizontal regulation on the financing of the CAP, we considerably simplified the regulation and make great progress on many articles: on the issues of controls and penalties the technical work has not yet been completed but a considerable contribution was made to the drafting of new rangers with the help of Member States.
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Dacian Ciolos, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development: We have discussed the report in wine, a report that was envisaged by the reform adopted in 2008. Beside this we have concluded that this reform carried off because the production of wine has decreased in quantity, but the quality of wine has increased and therefore the value of wine and the exports from the European Union. So from this point of view the reform has achieved its objectives.
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Dacian Ciolos: I submitted the report on planned health balance of the save landing for dairy quotes. All right, there are only six members who were below these quotes. However the Commission's analysis shows that everything goes in the right direction.
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