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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Priorities of the EU Presidency

The 3063rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 24 January 2011 review the Hungarian Presidency work programme in the agriculture and fisheries sectors (5449/11). The agricultural policy priorities of the Hungarian Presidency will focus mainly on the future of the common agricultural policy (CAP) towards 2020. The policy debate on the future of the CAP is the main point on the agenda of this Council meeting and will also be the main point for the February and March Council meetings. As regards legislative initiatives, the Presidency intends to continue the work on the "quality package" and on the "milk package" including the proposal on the contractualisation in the milk sector. The follow-up of the alignment of the CAP legislation on the Lisbon Treaty will also constitute a highlight of the Presidency. In the food, veterinary and forestry sectors the emphasis will be on the food information for consumers in the framework of the proposal on novel foods, the revision of blue tongue legislation and on honeybee health for which the Presidency will prepare conclusions (See below). The presidency stressed the importance of drawing up of a policy framework for sustainable forest management throughout Europe. The priorities for fisheries policy will focus on the reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP) for which legislative proposals will be tabled during this semester. Concerning horizontal fishing rules, the Hungarian presidency will also work to adopt the prolongation of the temporary legislation on technical measures. Finally, the encouragement of fisheries partnership agreements with third countries is an important point which the Presidency would like to develop.

Source: Council on Agriculture and Fisheries