Agriculture and Fisheries Council:
Extracts from the doorsteps (Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Germany, EC, Spain) and arrivals (Croatia, Denmark, Luxembourg, The Netherlands)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 18/03/2013 First transmission: 18/03/2013
The Council meeting will address agricultural matters.
As regards agriculture, ministers will try to reach agreement on a general approach on the proposals for the direct payments regulation, the single common market organisation (CMO) regulation, the rural development regulation and the horizontal regulation within the framework of reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP).
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Heril-Valdor Seeder, Estonian Minister for Agriculture
||Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
||SOUNDBITE by Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish Minister for Agriculture (In English) saying that:
Journalist: Do you think the Parliament's vote on CAP I satisfactory?
Answer: No, I don't… It is spread.
Journalist: Do you think it is not enough or too much?
Answer: It is too much for market influences in the CAP
Journalist: Do you think it's to the disadvantages of member states?
Answer: Yes, it is too less of market implementation
||SOUNDBITE by Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food (In English) saying that: Today and tomorrow are very important days for the future of farming and agriculture across the EU. I hope we will make significant progress today and if possible today agree a common position on behalf of the Council; if not we will hopefully conclude that tomorrow which I think it's the likelihood but what we are trying to do today is agree all four regulations of the CAP reform process so that we can match what the Parliament has done which is to agree their position last week so that we can move on to the trialogue and co-decision process between the Parliament and the Council.
||Romain Schneider, Luxembourgish, Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development
||SOUNDBITE by Nikolaus Berklakovich, Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (In German) saying that: Today it is about our view of the future of the farmers. I want all the families companies that produce healthy goods and protect the environment, we say no to agriculture industry. The CAP is essential for the farmers, but a guarantee for the consumers is also important. The farmers need this guarantee to be able to produce healthy goods and to protect their fields and to avoid pressure by agriculture industry..
||SOUNDBITE by Ilse Aigner, German Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (In German) saying that: We hope to conclude today or tomorrow on the negotiations concerning CAP, this is an important step in order to come to an agreement with the Parliament hopefully until June. I am confident we can do that today, we have to decide about the financial elements. The initial proposal by the Commission contained a reduction of 30% which was rejected, a flat-rate has also been rejected so that we come to a harmonization between eastern and western Europe, something we accept. There have also been progress with the discussions on greening. There is great concern about efforts that can turn the procedure backwards in relation to market mechanisms, we want a market-oriented approach. Germany has no production related subsidy system, we have established comprehensive regional surface rates and we hope other countries will move to this direction.
||Sharon Dijksma, Dutch Minister for Agriculture
||SOUNDBITE by Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development (In French) saying that: I'm waiting for the negotiating mandate to be a realistic and European mandate and not a shopping list addition from 27 member states. We have a truly European approach on the matter of direct aid's convergence inside the member states, so we need a real ambition on direct aid's convergence so that farmers with low payment can benefit from it in the future. We also need a clear ambition on the greening of direct aids on the first pillar with ambitious measures and equivalence of agri-environment measures which is measurable, controllable, simple and efficient.
||SOUNDBITE by Miguel Arias Canete, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment (In Spanish) saying that: Today is a very important day. We intend to close a political agreement on all regulations that make up the common agricultural policy. Before this summit, intense actions of the Spanish government have been made for not accepting the government's proposal because it did not suit the interests of Spanish farmers. We had a very intense diplomatic action with other member states, we have met many times with the European Commission and we have worked hard with the spanish MEP's. I want to thank them their efforts at the European parliament as they have managed to incorporate many of the concerns that farmers and ranchers had on this reform.
||Snježana Španjol, Croatian Deputy Minister of Agriculture