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Brussels, 23 September 2013
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 23 September 2013
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting of September will take place in Brussels on 23rd September 2013, under the presidency of Mr Vigilijus Jukna, Lithuanian Minister of Agriculture. The Commission will be represented by Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş and Health Commissioner Tonio Borg. A press conference will be held at the end of the discussions, before the Ministerial lunch discussion. The public debates and the press conferences can be followed by video streaming: http://video.consilium.europa.eu.
There will be a short presentation by the Commission and the Presidency of the state of play of the CAP Reform package focusing on the remaining outstanding issues linked to the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (notably degressivity and capping, flexibility for transferring CAP funds between pillars, and certain elements of Rural Development co-financing rates). In particular they will update the Council on the trilogue earlier this week where the European Parliament explained its position. The Presidency has asked to discuss the issues further over lunch, with a view to preparing the Council position ahead of a further trilogue next week (Tuesday evening, September 24), aimed at resolving these remaining points. On 26 June a political agreement was reached by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy proposed by the Commission in October 2011 (see IP/13/613 and MEMO/13/621), but excluding these few issues linked to the MFF.
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