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Brussels, 15 March 2013
Preparation of Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 18-19 March 2013
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting of March will take place in Brussels on 18 and 19 March 2013, under the presidency of Mr Simon Coveney, Irish Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The Commission will be represented by Dacian Cioloş, Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development. Both days will be dedicated to agricultural matters as the Council seeks to agree a negotiating mandate on CAP Reform. A press conference will be held at the end of the second day's discussions. The public debates and the press conference can be followed by video streaming: http://video.consilium.europa.eu.
The Council will hold discussions – webstreamed "live" – on Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon with a view to reaching a general approach, i.e. a Council negotiating position, on the Commission's four proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) presented in October 2011 - see IP/11/1181. Monday afternoon may be dedicated to trilateral talks between the Presidency, individual Member States and the Commission.
Together with the recent negotiating mandate voted on 13 March by the European Parliament Plenary session, the Council negotiating position will pave the way for the beginning of trilogues in April between the Commission and these two institutions. The shared objective is to come to a political agreement on the reform by the end of June 2013. Formal adoption of the definitive legislative texts as a 1st reading agreement will follow in the autumn.
The four proposals on the table are:
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- The Dutch delegation will brief the Council on the ban which Russian authorities are considering to impose on seed potatoes from the EU.
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