Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Agriculture): extracts from the press conference by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission

Type: News   Reference: i-079633   Duration: 00:03:24  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
End production: 26/06/2013   First transmission: 26/06/2013
On 26 June, Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Dacian Ciolos, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, held the press conference of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council. As regards agriculture, the Council held a debate on the outcome of 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). The Presidency presented a summary of the issues cleared in the trilogue discussion; on this basis, ministers debated to adjust of the negotiating mandate to finalise the discussions with a view to a political agreement with the other EU institutions on the CAP reform package. EU governments and the European Parliament now have to strike a deal for the reform to proceed - a process that negotiators were hoping to get done within hours later Wednesday. Finally, the ministers were briefed on the consequences for agriculture of recent flooding in several member states.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Speakers arriving 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (in English) Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: We have not finalized CAP reform not this evening. We now move from here to the Parliament in Brussels where we will have the final trialogue in the CAP reform process, tomorrow morning starting at 10 o'clock. I hope we will be able to finalize all the outstanding issues then, I have a very clear mandate in terms of the compromise and the concessions that I can make. So you will work with that mandate and hopefully in partnership with the Parliament and the Commission, we can finalize a deal which is good for the farmers, the environment, the food industry and that can bring certainty for the food producers and farmers across the EU in terms of the next 7 years. 00:00:53
00:01:03 General view of press conference 00:00:03
00:01:06 SOUNDBITE (in French) Dacian Ciolos, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development: In parallel we have managed to move forward, we've manage to reach agreements with the EU parliament on a number of points. I think this is going to facilitate our work, this final trialogue we will have with the EU Parliament. I think we are moving toward a good agreement, I think all the institutions had to move since the beginning of the negotiations but as Commissioner for Agriculture, as the initiator of this reform, I am happy to see that the most important points of this reform are in this final package. 00:00:46
00:01:52 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:01:57 SOUNDBITE (in English) Simon Coveney: We have to conclude on sugar, on a broad milk package linked with the single CMO. We have some outstanding issues in relation to alignment. We had some issue in relation to the Parliament and Commission's concerns on the capping of payments. And we have agreed this evening in our final negotiating mandate to compromise in that area to a certain extend by looking at depressive payment to over certain figures. That has been a very controversial area and very difficult area to get agreement on . 00:00:57
00:02:54 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
00:03:00 SOUNDBITE (in English) Simon Coveney: Everybody is moving in the same direction here but there are some issues to agree on, I don't say that it will be easy, today was not easy, so tomorrow will be a third difficult day but I think that is what is required before we can finalize this and get it right. 00:00:18
00:03:18 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
00:03:24 End 00:00:00
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