10 Jul 2015
AGRICULTURE COUNCIL 13 JULYBrussels Daily
The First Agriculture and Fisheries Council under the Luxembourg Presidency will take place in Brussels on Monday 13 July starting at 10 a.m. Read the Background Note here
The Luxembourg Presidency will give a public presentation of its work programme in the
agriculture and fisheries sectors.
Ministers will have an exchange of views following the Commission presentation of its
communication reviewing the decision-making process on genetically modified organisms
(GMOs) (8344/15) and of a proposal for a regulation on the possibility for the member states to
restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory (8356/15).
The communication seeks to adapt the GMO legal framework by allowing for national governments’
views on the use of GMOs to be better taken into account. Following the change introduced in the
GMO legal framework to allow member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of authorised
GMOs (directive 2015/412/EU), the communication concludes that there us a need to extend it to
genetically modified food and feed.
This would mean that since a GMO is authorised for use as food or feed in Europe through the
current single risk management system, member states would then have the possibility of deciding
whether to opt out from allowing that particular GMO to be used in their food chain.
The Council will also discuss market evolutions, including the impact on the EU market of import
ban on EU agricultural products imposed by Russia in August 2014.
All times are approximate and subject to change
+/- 09.30 (ttbc) Doorstep ofLuxembourg Minister
+/- 10.30 Beginning of the Council meeting
+/- 10.45 Adoption of non-legislative A items
+/- 10.55 Adoption of legislative A items (in public session)
+/- 11.00 Presidency work programme (in public session)
+/- 11.30 School schemes (in public session)
– Initiative for soils (FR)
Agri market developments + AOBs on market
+/- 13.15 Lunch – Contribution of agriculture to growth and job agenda
+/- 15.15 Market developments (continued)
+/- 16.15 GMO opt-out proposal (in public session)
– ASEM meeting on forestry (SI)
– Plant breeders rights (NL)
– Sustainable crop protection (NL)
– Blue week (PT)
+/- 19.15 (ttbc) Press conference