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Agriculture and Fisheries Council – main results

The presidency presented its priorities and programme, the overarching objective of which will be to ensure cohesion as a common European value.

In the field of agriculture, the main priorities of the Romanian presidency will be to negotiate the legislative package related to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in the context of the new multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. Other priorities will include bio-economy, innovation and agricultural research, plant proteins, plant and animal health.

Concerning fisheries the presidency will continue work on the multiannual management plans and the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF), as well as on the external dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Post 2020 CAP reform package

The Common Agricultural Policy makes a major contribution to increasing the cohesion of rural areas and to preserving European agriculture’s vitality and competitiveness. This is why it is so important to have a modern and well functioning CAP. We will work hard to achieve this result.

Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania and President of the Council

The Council had an exchange of views on the new delivery model proposed in the post 2020 CAP reform package, focusing in particular on elements such as the annual deadline, a progressive approach to targets and possible deviations. Ministers also discussed the agricultural reserve and financial discipline.

Concerning the common market organization, the Council debated the wine related provisions and notably the possible opening of the market to new wine grape varieties. Finally, the Commission informed ministers about the green architecture.

In this context the Council also had the opportunity to hear from a group of delegations about their bid to have appropriate funding for rural development within the next multiannual financial framework.

EU plant proteins plan

We strongly believe that concrete actions must be taken and investment done to support the growth of a sector that plays an essential role both in human nutrition as well as in animal feeding.

Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania and President of the Council

The Council was informed about the Commission report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union and explored ways in which their production could be intensified in an economically and environmentally sound way. They focused in particular on practical tools and potential opportunities, as well as on the role of voluntary coupled support.

Other topics on the agenda
Ministers were also informed about:

  • the outcome of the conference “Eradication of African swine fever in the EU and the long-term management of wild boar populations”
  • the establishment of an International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions
  • the issue of dual quality of foodstuffs

 

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