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Thursday, 22 November 2012

EU: New agricultural measures for outermost regions

New regulations laying down specific measures for agriculture in the outermost regions of the EU and in the smaller Aegean islands are to be adopted. On Monday 19 November 2012 the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA), under the Cyprus Presidency, supported compromise texts agreed by the Council and the European Parliament representatives during the last trilogue.
Both regulations provide agricultural measures that are intended to remedy the difficulties caused by the remoteness of the specific territories. In one case, it covers the following outermost regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands. In the other case it covers the smaller Aegean Islands facing difficulties due to their small size, their small population, their remoteness and the lack of transport lines.
As regards outermost regions, the new text underscores the central role played by the Programmes of options specifically relating to the remoteness and insularity (POSEI programmes) which include the two fundamental elements: the specific supply arrangements due to the remoteness and the specific measures to assist local agricultural production.
A specific provision has been added to the regulation allowing a one-off payment of 40 millions € in 2013 in order to allow the sector of banana production in outermost regions to adapt to the reduction of banana tariffs following the latest trade agreements.
According to the agreement between the Council and the Parliament, once all procedural steps are completed- including a vote by the Parliament at the plenary session- the regulations will be adopted by the Council and the European Parliament in the first reading.


Source: Council of the EU