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Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Agriculture and Fisheries Council
Date: 19.05.2008
Venue: Brussels
Policy area: Agriculture and Fisheries
Type of event: Council of Ministers

The Council will be chaired by the Slovenian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Iztok Jarc.

At the meeting, the ministers will endeavour to reach a political agreement on the proposal for a Regulation concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market. The proposed Regulation is aimed chiefly at maintaining a high level of human, animal and environmental protection without compromising the competitiveness of the agriculture sector and food production. The proposal seeks to reduce the administrative burden imposed by current approval and registration procedures and to improve the coordinated use of plant protection products. The Presidency has drafted a compromise proposal for the wording of the Regulation, but the following issues are still unresolved:

  • the severity of the criteria for the approval of active substances;
  • the possibility of introducing specific national restrictions in respect of the mutual recognition of plant protection products within the same zone;
  • the time periods envisaged for personal data protection and the studies required for extensions of registration;
  • the legal bases for the harmonisation of single market rules.

On the initiative of the Slovenian Presidency, the ministers will also discuss rising agricultural product and food prices on the global market with a view to finding a solution to mitigate the adverse effects of such market price trends.

At the working lunch, the ministers will discuss the contribution of research towards adapting the agricultural sector to climate change. The meeting will also be attended by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mariann Fischer Boel, and the European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik. The Presidency has drawn up a discussion paper, pointing up questions relating to the need for this kind of research and additional funding, exchanges of experience between Member States and transfers of knowledge to farmers, as well as the suitability of proposed solutions in the context of the mid-term review of the common agricultural policy.

The Presidency will hold a press conference at the end of the session, at approximately 17.00.



Press Releases:

Agriculture Ministers Discuss Pesticides Regulation and High Food Prices.


Agenda of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council  134 KB.

Background Information:

Background information for the Agriculture and Fisheries Council  135 KB.

Council Conclusions:

Agriculture and Fisheries Council: Conclusions, press release  202 KB.

Photo Archive:

Agriculture and Fisheries Council.

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Date: 23.05.2008