Agriculture and Fisheries Council:
Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 23/09/2013 First transmission: 23/09/2013
As regards agriculture, there will be a public debate on the state of play on the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package after a political agreement was reached with the other EU institutions on the proposals for the direct payments regulation, the single common market organisation (CMO) regulation, the rural development regulation and the horizontal regulation.
Finally, ministers will be briefed on the new EU Forest Strategy, international agricultural trade issues, the 33rd conference of directors of EU paying agencies, a congress on organic agriculture, a conference on the production of protein crops, African swine fever and the Trad Control and Expert System (TRACES).
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE Vigilijus Jukna, Lithuanian Minister of Agriculture and President in office of the Council (In LITHUANIAN) saying that: by I would like to stress that today we are going to look at the Common Agriculture Policy issues which have not been yet agreed. We will try to get the European Union Members position on how we could approximate our position with the EP. We'll also inform the Council about the trialogue that took place on 17th September and what I would like emphasis specially is that as we have already said in the Vilnius's Informal council we are not going to rediscuss anything that has already been agreed as the political agreement made in June and our flexibility is indeed very limited only to the several issues which have not been agreed. Several other issues that we are going to talk about today and following the European Commission will introduce information about the market of agriculture products and we are also going to talk about African Swine fever and the risk of this disease into the territory of the EU and finally we are going to talk about the forest strategy for the EU.
||Heril-Valdor Seeder, Estonian Minister of Agriculture
||Athanasios Tsaftaris, Greek Minister for Rural Development and Food
||Dimitar Grekov, Bulgarian Minister for Agriculture and Food (2 shots)
||Vilém Žák, Czech Deputy Minister of Agriculture Minister (2 shots)
||Sharon Dijksma, Dutch Minister for Agriculture (2 shots)
||Nicos Kouyalis, Cyprus Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment (2 shots)
||Nunzia De Girolamo, Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Affairs
||Tihomir Jakovina, Croatian Minister of Agriculture
||SOUNDBITE by Miguel Arias Cañete, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment (In SPANISH) saying that: Spain would like to get the mandate to close the CAP reform. We are very satisfied with the agreement on the funding for the Spanish agriculture sector aloowing us an agreement with the autonomous communities. In this context we would like to close this reform, so we do not like a conflict between the Commission, Council and the Parliament.
||Jari Koskinen, Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Simon Ceveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food (In ENGLISH) saying that: The key thing on today's agenda is an update on the CAP discussions. As people know there are still a few outstanding issues that needed to be decided upon between the Parliament, the Commission and the Council relating to MFF issues. We will be discussing today whether there is any further room for manoeuvre in order to get this to make it right but I think the issue now is that we need to get the CAP finalized and delivered so that the Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the Commission can concentrate on effective implementation within member states.
||Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish Minister for Agriculture
||Stephane Le Foll, French Minister for Food and Agriculture (2 shots)