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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Ministers raise concerns over drought

The Council on Agriculture and Fisheries was briefed by the Hungarian, Bulgarian, Italian, Portuguese and Slovenian delegations regarding the consequences of drought in some regions of the EU and the world.  The Greek delegation then took the opportunity to brief the Council on the consequences of drought on the husbandry sector, in particular regarding the rise of feed prices.
Some delegations acknowledged the situation described above and stressed the need of drawing a lesson from this situation to feed the current debate on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy market measures (Single CMO).
Yet, the Commission indicated that despite the drought the EU had an adequate domestic supply of cereals and that import duties had already been
suspended for soft wheat until the end of 2012.
The Commission recognised a rise in feed costs and recalled that last July it had already given its green light to proposals submitted by Member States to advance 2012 direct payments and it was prepared to make use of all the margin
available within the current legislation, including de minimis state aid or other state aid schemes to address the concerns expressed.

Source: Council of the EU