Agriculture and Fisheries Council:
Extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 23/09/2013 First transmission: 23/09/2013
On Monday the 23rd od Septembre, the Agriculture Council met in Brussels.
There has been 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 have been 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.
||Arrival of Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development and Vigilijus Jukna, Lithuanian Agriculture Minister and President in office of the Council
||SOUNDBITE by Vigilijus Jukna (In LITHUANIAN) saying that: I must emphasize that taking into account the conclusions of the European Council our possibilities for flexibility and MFF related elements are very limited; however the Council is determined to finish the negotiations now.
||Cutaway of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by Vigilijus Jukna (In LITHUANIAN) saying that: In the trilateral dialogue on September the 17th, the European Parliament put forward its compromise proposals by witch it demonstrated its flexibility and softening of its position
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||SOUNDBITE by Vigilijus Jukna (In LITHUANIAN) saying that: We hope that in tomorrow's negotiations with the European Parliament we will find agreement on the issues that I mentioned. As the Presidency we will do all in our power to reach an agreement on the CAP reform already in September.
||General view of the press room
||SOUNDBITE by Dacian Cioloş (In ENGLISH) saying that: Even if the EU do not have a common policy in the forestry sector because this related to the national policies, it was important for the Commission to propose to the member states and to the stakeholders in the sector this strategy to integrate this several intervention that we can have in order to support a more sustainable development of forestry sector.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Dacian Cioloş (In ENGLISH) saying that: The main issue for the Council of today is a clear mandate for the Council in order to negotiate with the Parliament the last items which were not agreed during the political agreement in June so this MFF related issues seems to me that the Parliament have the legitimacy to ask for the conclusion of this last items and for I think more than the figures, the process is important and the fact that we have to have a conclusion this week in order to conclude all legislative package this year. I think it is essential and the loss for farmers risks may be very high if we are not politically able to reach an agreement.
||Speakers leaving the press room