Agriculture and Fisheries Council: extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
End production: 22/04/2013 First transmission: 22/04/2013
On 22 April Agriculture Ministers gather to be briefed on the outcome of the first trilogues on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). Concerning fisheries issues, the Council will hold a public debate on the outcome of the first
trilogues on the reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and on outstanding issues
concerning the basic regulation of the CFP. The Council is supposed to be briefed on an action plan for
reducing incidental catches of seabirds in fishing gears.
Finally, the ministers will be briefed on the CAP transitional measures for 2014, and the state of
play of the EU partnership agreements with Mauritania and Morocco.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish Minister for Fisheries
||Arrival and SOUNDBITE (in English) by Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Today's meeting really will be a discussion on where both, the Common Fisheries Policy process is at, this afternoon we will have that discussion, and where the CAP process is at, this morning. I mean, we've had the resumption, or the commencement of the trialogue process for both of those complicated dossiers now, and I want to update my colleagues in the Council.
||Arrival and SOUNDBITE (in French) by Dacian Ciolos, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development: Today is the first Council meeting after the initiation of the trialogue process. Things are progressing well in my opinion. The message that I will deliver to the Ministers today is that if we want to maintain our aim of reaching political agreement by June, the Council will have to start moving and advancing with regards to the first compromises that can be made after the first discussion with the Parliament. I think that this is possible even though there won't be very extensive discussions on these issues today. During the next few weeks Ministers will have to give their Spokespeople the mandate so that we can progress in the Special Agricultural Committee and so that during the month of May, we can integrate certain compromises on the sensitive subjects that continue to be discussed.
||Arrival of Sharon Dijksma, Dutch Minister for Agriculture
||Arrival of Mario Catania, Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
||Arrival of Sabine Laruelle, Belgian Minister for SME's, the Self-employed, Agriculture and Science policy
||Arrival of Romain Schneider, Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural development of Luxembourg