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Friday, 27 January 2012

Danish Presidency priorities: presented in EP Committees

The priorities of Denmark's Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers has been presented to European Parliament committees by Danish ministers this week. According to Trade and Investment Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr, the EU's international trade policy, should focus on achieving immediate export and investment gains, rather than on long-term and strategic projects such as the WTO Doha negotiations.
As specific priorities, Ms Dyhr listed getting better market access for EU exports to Brazil, Russia, India and China, making progress in negotiating a free trade agreement with India, and starting negotiations for another with Japan.
Furthermore, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Mette Gjerskov told the Agriculture Committee  that "together we shall lay the foundation for the house that is going to be future CAP”. The new EU farm policy should be "suited for the future" and tailored to "the changing needs, priorities and expectations of European farmers, citizens and taxpayers".
The Presidency will press for progress on the food quality package, take a closer look at the rise of antimicrobial resistance and start discussion on soon-to-be-introduced proposals on organic production and the new EU animal welfare strategy unveiled by the Commission last week.

Source: European Parliament