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Ministers reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea which fixed for 2016 the maximum quantities of fish which can be caught for the commercially most important stocks in the Baltic Sea.
Parliament beefed up the Commission’s initial proposal to ban animal cloning to include the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports into the EU, in a vote on Tuesday.
During the exchange of views which took place in the extraordinary meeting of the Agriculture Council, ministers expressed strong concerns about recent developments in a range of agricultural sectors, in particular the dairy and pigmeat sectors.
The Council was briefed by the Commission on a proposal for a regulation on the possibility for the member states to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory; as well as on agricultural market developments, in particular on the impact the import ban has had on EU agricultural products imposed by Russia since August 2014.
The Council reached agreement on a general approach for a regulation on organic farming and Ministers were briefed on a Commission communication on fishing opportunities for 2016.
The Council discussed the proposal for a regulation on organic farming in view of a general approach, adopted conclusions on the simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and adopted the regulation on the landing obligation for fisheries.
Today the Commission presents the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed.
The Council reached agreement on a general approach for a regulation establishing a multiannual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea.
The European Commission has launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU ensuring safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally.
The EU milk quota regime comes to an end on March 31, 2015. First introduced in 1984 at a time when EU production far outstripped demand, the quota regime was one of the tools introduced for overcoming these structural surpluses.
The Council held a public debate on a proposal on organic farming. Member states took the view that an EU harmonised approach could address the issue of the presence of non-authorised substances in organic products.
New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs.
Meeting in Brussels, ministers reached a political agreement on 2015 fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks in EU and non-EU waters and in the Black Sea. The Council also discussed agricultural issues, such as agricultural expenditure and young farmers.
As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labelling rules, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2011, will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, and help them make informed choices about what they eat.
Meeting in Brussels, agriculture and fisheries ministers also held an exchange of views on the proposed reduction of the CAP budget in 2015 and on young farmers in the framework of the new CAP.
In its fight against illegal fishing activities worldwide, the European Commission has proposed to ban imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka to tackle the commercial benefits stemming from illegal fishing.
Meeting in Luxembourg, EU agriculture ministers reached political agreement on 2015 fishing opportunities for certain Baltic Sea fish stocks. They also discussed the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products.
During an extraordinary meeting at the Council, EU agriculture ministers debated the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products, which includes meat, fish, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.
The European Commission has adopted a communication encouraging Member States to look for ways to improve protection of small food producers and retailers against the unfair practices of their sometimes much stronger trading partners.
Meeting in Brussels, ministers discussed a proposal to review EU rules on organic production and farming and a communication preparing the ground for new EU fishing quotas for 2015.