Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Agriculture): extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 25/06/2013 First transmission: 25/06/2013
On 25 June, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers are gathering for the second day in Luxembourg.
At the arrival, Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said they achieved agreement in principle on different issues such as vine planting rights, sugar quota, milk . But he underlined that the deal is not done, it still needs to be confirmed in Brussels. 'These are agreements in principles as a way to conclude the overall negotiations', said Simon Coveney.
The trilogues 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) is still going on. In parallel, the Council of Ministers is debating the outcome in order to finalise the discussions with a view to a political agreement with the other EU institutions on the CAP reform package.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) Dacian Ciolos, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development: I am moderately optimist. Things have been progressing with the Parliament on several issues and the Council, the Commission and the Parliament achieved an agreement. But there are still different points to discuss; we will meet on Wednesday to discuss in Brussels. And I will support the Presidency who will ask the ministers a final mandate to negotiate the remaining issues.
||SOUNDBITE (in French) Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Some of the meeting were heated, some of the meeting were difficult, particularly in term of differences of opinion between the Parliament and the Presidency. But this is expected, this sis a very very big deal. It worth a lot of money to every country and it is very important for the future of framers.
||SOUNDBITE (in French) Simon Coveney: We have been looked at compromises for countries which are using the approximation model, in other words, that aren't been moving to the flat rate payment that there will be required by the end of 2019 to have a mandatory minimum payment of 60 % of the average payment but that there also will have a maximum lose for farmers of 30%. These key figures were very important, I have to say it is not a done deal yet, but this is an agreement in principle to be confirmed in Brussels. An other issue very important for the Parliament, we have agreed in principle that there will be a mandatory young farmer scheme in pillar one
||SOUNDBITE (in French) Simon Coveney: We have a work close to an agreement on wine, vine planting rights and on sugar quotas and on milk, a very complex negotiation but I think we are very close to an agreement on that. On a lot of the big issues, we have a principle agreement but I think it is very important to stress that this deal is not done. These are agreements in principles as a way to conclude the overall negotiations. There are still specific things, specially what is called alignment which is who make the decision on what, on things like reference pricing, on sugar quota and so on.
||Nunzia De Girolamo, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Affairs of Italy