Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:08

Agriculture and Fisheries Council of May 14th 2019 - main results

Post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package

 ”The new delivery model is the centerpiece of the CAP reform and its most innovative feature. Thanks to this paradigm shift member states will get a greater say in designing their national policies, but will also have greater responsibility. Advancing our discussions on this aspect will help us define the Council's position on the whole reform package” stated Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania and President of the Council.

 The Council had an exchange of views in public session on the new delivery model of the post 2020 CAP reform package on the basis of a presidency paper. Ministers focused their interventions on the reporting of milestones and performance review, and the possibility of establishing unit amounts for non-area/animal-based interventions.

Clean Planet for All

 ”In Sibiu last week our leaders restated the urgency of collectively addressing climate change. Although the primary objective of agriculture is to ensure food security for Europe, agriculture and forestry can contribute to meeting the EU's ambitious environmental goals. Today we discussed how to empower and equip our farmers to meet this challenge” declared Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania and President of the Council.

The Council was informed about and had an exchange of views on the agricultural aspects of the Commission communication "A clean planet for all: A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy".

Ministers focused in particular on the priority actions that should be undertaken at the EU and national level in the field of agriculture and forestry to contribute to the achievement of the Paris agreement goals by 2050.

 Trade-related agricultural issues

The Commission updated the Council on the performance of EU agricultural trade. It reported in particular on the latest developments in its diplomatic initiative to promote European agricultural products in the world, as well as on the trade negotiations which have either been concluded or are ongoing, and which have an impact on EU agriculture. These include: Mercosur, Australia and New Zealand.

Ministers had an opportunity to exchange views and reflect on the sensitive issues, as well as the priorities and benefits, for  EU agriculture in the context of the ongoing and upcoming free trade negotiations being undertaken by the EU.

Other topics on the agenda

 Ministers were also informed about:

  • the regulation on the future European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
  • the follow up to the ruling of the European Court of Justice on organisms obtained by mutagenesis
  • the situation in the fruit sector