19 May 2017
INFORMAL AGRICULTURE COUNCIL 22-23 MAYBrussels Daily
INFORMAL MEETING OF MINISTERS OF AGRICULTURE
22-23 May 2017 The Grandmaster’s Palace, Valletta, Malta
CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER RESOURCES IN THE EU: EMERGING CHALLENGES FOR AGRICULTURE
The Maltese Presidency intends to build upon efforts already being undertaken and ensure that this important issue is placed high on the agenda. In order to provide Agriculture Ministers with a timely opportunity to discuss the long-term orientations on this important subject, the Maltese Presidency has invited Ministers to set out their views on the priorities for the EU concerning the issue of water and climate change in the context of agriculture.
The meeting will be chaired by Hon. Roderick Galdes, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights within the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change.
A morning-only session with a full roundtable will take place on 23 May.
The meeting will be attended by EU Agriculture Ministers, the European Commissioner for Agriculture Mr. Phil Hogan, Mr. Paolo de Castro and Mr. Albert Dess from the European Parliament.
The European farmers’ organization COPA-COGECA, the European Young Farmers’ Association CEJA will also be invited to address the debate.
Consequently this Informal Meeting of EU Ministers for Agriculture shall focus on the thematic of how agriculture is likely to be affected from a climate change perspective, and what strategies and instruments that need to be prioritized to meet these challenges. Given the inherent link between agriculture and water, it is considered opportune to factor in these issues in developing a more resilient agricultural sector as the thematic for this informal meeting of Ministers.
Ministers will have a chance to discuss in more depth at EU level the conclusions of the 9th Berlin Agriculture Ministers´ Conference held on January 21, 2017 within the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) “Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World”, and in particular, the call therein to set up robust water governance frameworks integrating all users of water. The Media programme is available here