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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Agricultural ministers discuss rural development

On 21 February 2011, the Agriculture Council held its third debate in Brussels, about the Commission’s report on the CAP’s future. The Ministers shared their experiences concerning the adoption of the directive on protection of laying hens. They also heard the Polish request to ease the ban on processed animal proteins feed. The main aim of the Agriculture Council’s meeting, was to discuss the planned reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Further to the Commission’s report, the Council held its third debate on the issue. The Hungarian Presidency seeks to make Agricultural Ministers adopt a final conclusions at their meeting in March. The Commission aims to develop its reform proposal for the CAP, in accordance with the Council’s position. The first two debates were held in December, and January. On the Hungarian Presidency’s proposal, the third debate focused on rural development. According to the Commission’s communication issued in November, this would be the third major objective of the CAP’s reform. According to the Hungarian Presidency, the CAP should promote an intelligent and sustainable inclusive economic development of rural areas. Whereas, developing rural areas, is important to train a new generation of producers. Therefore, the CAP should assist young people in taking over estates, and starting production. “Young farmers should be given a chance,” said Sándor Fazekas, Minister for Rural Development, at a press conference after the meeting of the council.

Source: Hungarian Presidency