March Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written statement – made on 14th March 2019.

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Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture and Fisheries Council takes place in Brussels on 18 March.

As the provisional agenda stands, the primary focus for agriculture will be on the Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package. Ministers will exchange views on the Regulation concerning CAP strategic plans, the Horizontal Regulation, and the Regulation on the common market organisation (CMO) of agriculture products.

Council will also hold an exchange of views on bioeconomy.

There are currently three items scheduled for discussion under ‘any other business’:

  • information from the Netherlands delegation on the outcome of the congress “CAP Strategic Plans - Exploring Eco-Climate Schemes” (Leeuwarden, 6-8 February 2019)

  • information from the Netherlands delegation on the decision by the Technical Board of Appeals of the European Patent Office regarding the possibility to patent the results of classical plant breeding

  • information from the Commission on the outcome of the workshops organised by the Commission’s Task Force on Water and Agriculture (Sorø, 27 November 2018 and Bucharest, 5-6 February 2019).

[Although not confirmed, we expect an additional item to be added to the agenda under ‘any other business’:

  • information from the Slovenian delegation on small-scale coastal fisheries and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund,

  • information from the Polish delegation on the meat market situation]

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1379