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Friday, 22 July 2011

Polish Presidency’s agenda in the area of agriculture and fisheries

On 12-14 July 2011 Marek Sawicki, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, as the President-in-Office of the Council, presented the Polish Presidency’s agenda in the area of agriculture and fisheries for the next six months to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament, Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the PE. During the presentations, Minister Sawicki expressed his hope for fruitful cooperation between the Council and the European Parliament. “I look forward to our close cooperation, thanks to which work on the proposals negotiated now and in the future will be taken forward expeditiously,” said Minister Sawicki.

In the area of agriculture and rural development, the Polish Presidency will focus primarily on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2013 and discussions on improving the competitiveness of the EU agriculture by diversifying agricultural income through the development of renewable energy sources in rural areas.

The future of the CAP is a matter of utmost importance to the Polish Presidency. The key problems defined by the EP in relation to the Communication of the European Commission The CAP towards 2020 are largely the same as those discussed by the Council. In his speech, Minister Sawicki referred also to the EU’s internal agricultural policy, including the dairy sector, food quality policy, identification of cattle and animal welfare. [...]

The main priorities of the Polish Presidency in the fisheries sector will be the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, updating total allowable catches and fishing quotas for 2012 and further work on the long-term management plans. Minister Sawicki also declared that the first policy discussion on the Common Agricultural Policy reform package would take place on 19 June, during the first session of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council under Poland’s Presidency.
During the presentation of the agenda to the Committee on Fisheries, Minister Sawicki emphasised that long-term stock management plans constitute one of the most important and well-functioning tools of the CFP.

Source: Polish Presidency