Meetings of the Council of the EU
18 July 2016
Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH)
The first Agriculture and Fisheries Council under the Slovak Presidency will take place in Brussels and start at 11.00 on Monday 18 July 2016. The Council will be chaired by the Slovak Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gabriela Matečná. Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan and Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis will represent the European Commission.
Minister Matečná will present the Work Programme of the Slovak Presidency. This presentation will be webstreamed to the public. It will be followed by the information on the outcome of the International Experts´ Conference "Strengthening of the farmers´ position in the food supply chain" held in Bratislava on 30 June and 1 July.
Commissioner Hogan is expected to provide a brief update on the market situation, notably in the dairy, pigmeat and fruit and vegetables sectors and to unveil a new package of measures, including with a financial component. The AOB item at Poland's request on drought and its impact on arable crops will be discussed jointly with the market situation item.
As an AOB point, the Cyprus delegation will inform about the serious fires which broke out in the country at the end of June. As a next AOB item, the Czech delegation will raise the issue of the prohibition of the potassium phosphonates for plant protection against mildews and its negative impact for the organic sector.
Subsequently, Commissioner Hogan will present the regular update on international agricultural trade issues. There are important issues at stake for European agriculture in the ongoing trade negotiations with third countries. The AOB point raised by Italy regarding rice import from EBA countries will be addressed under this item.
Following the presentation by Commissioner Hogan of the greening review and his proposals for greening simplification, delegations will have the possibility to exchange views on the outcomes of the review and discuss whether these orientations correspond to the simplification priorities for greening, as set out in the Council conclusions of May 2015.
Finally, Commissioner Andriukaitis will join the last AOB point of the agenda, where the Austrian delegation will raise the point of recent developments regarding the lumpy skin disease in Europe.
A press conference will be held at the end of the meeting in the press centre of the Council of the EU, Justus Lipsius (at around 19.25).