Agriculture and Fisheries Council:
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: 19/03/2013 First transmission: 19/03/2013
The Council meeting was devoted mostly to agricultural issues. Ministers tried to agree a general approach on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). A general approach is a political agreement reached within the Council on legislative proposals before the European Parliament has determined its own position on the issue. Once the Parliament’s position is established, the Council and the Parliament will begin negotiations in order to find an agreement in co-decision on the CAP reform. The legislative CAP reform package consists of four regulations concerning: − support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. This regulation covers voluntary measures for rural development, adapted to national and regional specificities, whereby member states draw up and co-finance with the EU multiannual programmes under a common framework; − rules for direct payments to farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy. The regulation seeks to better target support to certain actions, areas or beneficiaries, as well as to pave the way for convergence of the support level within and across member states; − the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy. This “horizontal” regulation lays down the rules on expenditure, the farm advisory system, the management and control systems to be put in place by member states, the cross-compliance system and the clearance of accounts; − a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (single CMO regulation). The regulation aims at streamlining, expanding and simplifying current provisions on public intervention, private storage, exceptional or emergency measures and aid to specific sectors, as well as facilitating cooperation through producer and interbranch organisations.
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||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: I'm delighted that we have now a very strong endorsement for a Council negotiating position on all 4 of the regulations of the CAP reform. This is a really significant step forward now for the process of agreeing a final CAP reform so that we can give certainty to our farmers, to our agri-food industry, to NGO's and to rural communities across the EU.
||Gezneral view of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by Simon Coveney (In English) saying that: This process has not been easy; different countries have very different priorities, very different agriculture systems, different average farm sizes, different climate in some cases and very different topography in other cases. Europe is a very diverse place and we have managed now to have a common agreement across 25 of the 27 countries in the EU with only Slovakia and Slovenia deciding that they couldn't support for specific reasons the compromise that we have adopted this evening.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development (In French) saying that: This is a process that started up 3 years ago, the objective being to make the CAP a fairer and greener policy more in line with reality and more able to adapt to the wide variety of different farmers that we have in the EU. We are now in the final phase of the discussions on the reform of the CAP.
||SOUNDBITE by Dacian Cioloş (In French) saying that: On greening and particularly on the question of EFA's, Council seems to come along with a clear ambition in terms of environmental concerns but also in terms of the sanctions that would apply to those who are in breach of greening, there is a clear signal sent buy Council that greening has to be mandatory for farmers as it goes beyond 30% for penalties.
||Speakers leaving the press room