Agriculture and Fisheries Council:
Extracts from the doorsteps (Ireland, Denmark, Italy) and arrivals (Germany, Greece, EC, Spain, Belgium)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 28/01/2013 First transmission: 28/01/2013
The Council meeting will address fisheries and agricultural matters. The Council will be chaired by Mr Simon COVE$EY, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
As regards fisheries issues, the Presidency will present its work programme and priorities to the Council. Ministers will also hold an exchange of views on the common fisheries policy (CFP) reform "package" and an orientation debate on certain technical and control measures in the Skagerrak. The Council will then be briefed on the state of play following the recent discussions on the EU/Norway fisheries arrangements.
Concerning agriculture, the Presidency will present its work programme and a roadmap for CAP reform and the Council will hold an exchange of views on these priorities and plans. Finally the ministers will be briefed on group housing of sows, the European school fruit scheme, the trade agreements with Singapore and Canada, and the EFSA risk assessment of
neonicotinoids with regard to bees.
Over lunch, ministers will have a discussion on issues relating to fisheries multiannual management plans.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE by Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: Today is the first meeting for the Fisheries and Agriculture Council of the Irish presidency and really the main focus today will be on the two key dossiers that we will be try to get an agreement and join the Irish presidency. Firstly, this morning we'will be focus on the Common Fisheries Policy, the roadmap of the Irish presidency is to reach a conclusion and a decision, both in the Council and during the decision process with the European Parliament and Commission, under Common Fisheries Policy. This afternoon we will be discussing in some detail the roadmap to get the job done on the Common Agriculture Policy which is a bigger dossier as countries well know. This is a very ambitious presidency, in terms of moving from the base and discussion on this big issue and the decision and I think that a little bit task for the European institutions for the next five or six months.
||Robert Kloos, German Secretary of State of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
||SOUNDBITE by Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (In English) saying that: First of all, I hope that we will look at the discard ban in the Skagerrak because that is very important interest for Denmark. That we'll have the discard ban, so that we will discuss today and under the Irish presidency, they are very ambitious and that is a good sign.
||Dimitrios Melas, Greek Secretary General for Rural Development of Greece
||Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
||SOUNDBITE by Mario Catania, Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Affairs (In italian)
||Miguel Arias Canete, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment
||Kris Peetes, Belgian Minister President of Flanders with the additional competences of Institutional Affairs, Economy, Agriculture and Sea Fisheries