Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Agriculture):
- 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: 25/02/2013 First transmission: 25/02/2013
On 25 February, ministers had a public debate on the direct payments regulation and the horizontal regulation within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform. The presidency of the Council thought that they have made a good step forward in moving towards what they hope will be finalising a Council position in CAP reform involving all 4 regulations in next months to the Council. Specific issues discussed included the basic payment scheme and transparency as to the beneficiaries of CAP payments. The Commission objective is to have a clear figure in the regulation for how much they want to reduce the gap between the lower level of payments and the average.
Finally the ministers were briefed on mislabelling of beef products. Commissioner Borg highligthed that these two issues, the incident of the false labelling of beef products and the place of origin labelling legislation are completely two different things.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food of Ireland: We made some good progress in CAP reform in the morning talking about in particular direct payments and the issue of internal convergence or distribution of money between farmers as regards direct payments. This has been an issue under discussion now for while over a year, and I think we have made a good step forward today in moving towards what I hope will be finalising a Council position in CAP reform involving all 4 regulations in next months to the Council.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Simon Coveney: We made a significant progress in what is call the horizontal regulation around transparency and the provisional full information around payments in terms of direct payments and developing funding within the agricultural policy in terms of providing full information to the public and the amount of money paid to individual farmers and of course who those farmers are, where there are and what are they doing with those funds and the return of the investment that those funds brings.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Dacian Cioloş., Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development: My objective is to have a clear figure in the regulation for how much we want to reduce the gap between the lower level of payments and the average at regional and nationals level and then how much we need to cover this gap. This is different from a region to another; it depends on the highest level of payment.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy: the food information legislation which we have already in place oblige to the Commission, and this before this incident to present reports on this issue before the end of the year. These two issues, the incident of the false labelling of beef products and the place of origin labelling legislation are completely two different things. Even if we had the place of origin legislation in place this incident would have occurred just the same because this incident refers to the animal species of the meat product and not where the meat product is originated. But there is nothing wrong according to some Member States and I am very open-minded on this to take the opportunity of this blow of consumer confidence to introduce stringing legislation also on place of origin.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Tonio Borg : There are a growing number of member States who are in favour of introducing this legislation which is completely unrelated to this horse meat issue but of course there is a movement to a greater transparency and more information to the consumer.
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