Ag & Fisheries Council to Discuss Reforms19 March 2012
EU - The Agriculture & Fisheries Council will meet in Brussels on 19 and 20 March. It will be chaired by Mrs Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. Commissioners Maria Damanaki and Dacian Ciolo? will represent the Commission at the meeting. Fisheries issues will be dealt with on Monday and Agriculture issues on Tuesday.
Reform of the Common Agriculture Policy - Simplification
Following statements from Member State calling for simplification – and a written explanation from the commission about the different elements of simplification in the reform proposals – the Presidency has asked to discuss this question. This will be on the basis of 2 Presidency questions:
- Is the proposed approach on simplification in line with the key principles from March 2011 and should Council assess the progress made on simplification before the final adoption of the reform?
- How can simplification be ensured in the implementation of the reform proposals in order to further reduce administrative costs and burdens?
European Innovation Partnership for agriculture (EIP)
Commissioner Ciolos will present the new European Innovation Partnerships launched on 29 February (see IP/12/196 and Memo/12/147). This EIP aims to provide a working interface between agriculture, bio-economy, science, and others at EU, national and regional level. It will also serve as a catalyst to enhance the effectiveness of innovation-related actions supported by Rural Development Policy as well as the Union Research and Innovation.
Any Other Business
Portugal has asked to discuss the impact of drought on Portuguese agriculture.
Latvia will draw attention to Russia’s ban on live pigs imports from the EU following the problems seen with the Schmallenberg Virus.
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