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Brussels, 15 January 2010

Preparation Agriculture/Fisheries Council of January 2009

The Agriculture & Fisheries Council will meet in Brussels on Monday 18 January (starting at 11 a.m.), under the Presidency of Mrs Elena Espinosa, Spanish minister for Agriculture. Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel will represent the Commission at the meeting.

The points on the agenda are:

Working programme of the Presidency

The Spanish Presidency will outline the main priorities in the field of agriculture, food safety and fisheries for the first semester of 2010.


A better functioning food supply chain in Europe

On 28 October, the Commission adopted a Communication (see press release 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:

Based on a questionnaire from the Spanish Presidency, the Council will have an exchange of views on the Commission Communication.


  • State aid for producers of raw tobacco (Information from the Bulgarian delegation).

  • Increased import duties on EU live pig exports to the Russia-Belorussia-Kazakhstan Customs Union (Request from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland)

  • OECS Ministerial meeting in Paris on 27-28 February 2010 (Information from the Austrian delegation)

  • Conference on Mountain Agriculture, Austria, December 2010 (Information from Austrian delegation)

  • Export situation in the sugar sector (Belgian request)

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