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Brussels, 26 March 2010
Preparation Agriculture/Fisheries Council of March 2010
The Agriculture & Fisheries Council will meet in Brussels on Monday 29 March (starting at 11 a.m.), under the Presidency of Mrs Elena Espinosa, Spanish Minister for Agriculture. Commissioners Maria Damanaki and Dacian Cioloş will represent the Commission at the meeting.
The points on the agenda are:
A better functioning food supply chain in Europe
On 28 October, the Commission adopted a Communication (see IP/09/1593) on measures which aim to improve the functioning of the food supply chain in Europe. The sharp decline in agricultural commodity prices alongside persistently high consumer food prices has raised concerns on the efficiency of this crucial sector of the European economy. Improving commercial relationships between actors of the chain will be a significant step towards a more efficient food supply chain ultimately benefiting all actors of the chain and consumers alike.
The full text of the Communication and Commission working documents are available on the internet at : http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/articles/structural_reforms/article16028_en.htm
The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on the Commission Communication.
"Future of the CAP: market management measures post 2013"
Further to the exchange of views at the Council meeting in February, the Presidency will present conclusions on the future of the CAP market management measures.
Agriculture and the CAP in the perspective of EU 2020 strategy
On 3 March 2010, the European Commission launched the Europe 2020 Strategy to emerge from the crisis and prepare the EU economy for the next decade (see IP/10/225). The Commission identified three key drivers for growth, to be implemented through concrete actions at EU and national levels: smart growth (fostering knowledge, innovation, education and digital society), sustainable growth (making our production more resource efficient while boosting our competitiveness) and inclusive growth (raising participation in the labour market, the acquisition of skills and the fight against poverty). This battle for growth and jobs requires ownership at top political level and mobilisation from all actors across Europe. Five targets are set which define where the EU should be by 2020 and against which progress can be tracked.
The Council will have an exchange of views on the Agriculture and the CAP in the perspective of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Specifically, the Presidency suggests focussing on the following two main questions:
Quarterly report on the dairy market
The Commission will present an updated quarterly report on the situation of the dairy market. Latest figures show that average producer prices in the main producer countries have recovered to around 28 cents per litre – which is close to the seasonal average in recent normal years.