July Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written statement – made on 11th July 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 15 July.

As the provisional agenda stands, the Finnish Presidency will start with a presentation of their work programme for the coming six months.

The main item for agriculture will be on the Post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package, which covers three regulations: the Regulation on CAP Strategic Plans; the Regulation on financing, management and monitoring of the CAP and the Regulation on the Common Market Organisation (CMO) of agricultural products. Member States will exchange views on the environmental and climate-related aspects of the reform package.

The Commission will also present the report from the High-Level Group on the sugar market.

There are currently four items scheduled under ‘any other business’ where the Commission will update the Council about:

  • the state of play on African swine fever;

  • animal welfare during transport in high temperatures during summer months;

  • the progress report on the implementation plan to increase the availability of low-risk plant protection products and accelerate implementation of integrated pest management in Member States; and

  • the outcome of the third African Union – European Union Agriculture Ministerial Conference (Rome, 21 June 2019).

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1670