20 Mar 2018
BULGARIAN PRESIDENCY CONCLUSIONS ON THE FUTURE OF FOOD AND FARMING – 20 MARCHBrussels, Brussels Daily
Communication on “The Future of Food and Farming” – Presidency conclusions
Following the debate at the “Agriculture and Fisheries” Council on 19 March 2018, here are the Presidency conclusions on the Communication on “The Future of Food and Farming”, supported by Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden and United Kingdom.
“The Presidency Conclusions contain a vision about the main elements of the future CAP that is shared by the majority of the Member States. I would therefore like to thank all my colleagues in the Council and their teams for the spirit of agreement, for the consensual mood and for all the hard work and good cooperation over the past months.”
The Presidency conclusions come after months of intense negotiations between member states. The in-depth discussion about the next CAP started under the Estonian presidency of the Council. In January, under the Bulgarian Presidency, ministers discussed the CAP’s added value, the EU’s key objectives to be maintained and the appropriate level of subsidiarity. In February, they addressed direct payments, environmental and climate action and rural development.
Today’s conclusions embody the views expressed by the majority of the member states during these two debates. They call for the CAP’s added value in delivering on new challenges to be enhanced, member states to be empowered to take decisions fitting local needs and specificities, the resilience of the agricultural sector to be strengthened, the CAP’s contribution to environmental objectives to be fostered, and quality of life in rural areas to be improved.