Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRI): extracts from the press conference by Simon COVENEY, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food of Ireland; and Dacian CIOLOŞ, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 28/01/2013 First transmission: 28/01/2013
The Presidency presented its work programme and a roadmap for CAP
reform and the Council held an exchange of views on these priorities and plans.
Finally the ministers were 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.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food of Ireland: In the presence of Commissioner Ciolos we went into details as a Presidency the Irish roadmap for finding agreement of CAP reform, hopefully at the end of the presidency. This is an ambitious work program and it involves the Council finalising its position by the end of March which is the time that the European Parliament will be voting in plenary session on their positions in the four dossiers concerned with a view to then having a trialogue process in April, May and June with the Commission and the Parliament to try to finalise a compromise agreed with political decision on CAP reform by the end of June.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Simon Coveney: Today I discussed three items, the first was the presentation of the European school fruit scheme, the second the trade agreements with Singapore and Canada, and finally the EFSA risk assessment of neonicotinoids with regard to bees.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Dacian Ciolos, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development: The Commission maintains its objective, but at the same time it is normal that between the time of the formal decision on legislation and its implementation there is a transition period but that this doesn't mean a delay. It is a normal transition, since we can not ask the Member States or transition agencies to prepare for in a few days or a month. We have taken this transition element into account. But we did not come with the details because they depend on the decision of the budget.
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||General view of the room