16 Dec 2014
RESULTS AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES COUNCIL 15 – 16 DECEMBERBrussels Daily
The Council reached agreement on the 2015 fishing opportunities in the Black Sea. Two fish stocks, turbot and sprat are managed in the Black Sea for Bulgaria and Romania.
The Council adopted conclusions on the error rate for agriculture expenditure. A large number of member states supported also Presidency conclusions for strengthening the EU policies for young farmers. The president of the Council underscored that “The young farmers issue has been identified as a key priority by the Italian Presidency. Generation replacement in agriculture is essential not only for Italy but for many other European countries, where the share of workers under 35 in the sector represent only an average of 8%. At today’s work session, the conclusions on the initiatives proposed by Italy have been adopted: the plan for access to credit with support from the European investment bank (EIB), for young people who want to start or have recently started a business, mortgages at zero interest and transfers of experiences between young European farmers with an exchange program. This constitute major investments to renovate the entire sector.”
Ministers had an exchange of views on the future of the dairy sector. In view of the recent deterioration of the dairy market conditions, they focused on the main challenges faced by this sector, in particular the importance of volatility and the tools to alleviate its consequences, the role of the European Milk Market Observatory (EMMO) and the consequences of the end of the milk quotas next year.
As regards organic farming, the Council had a political debate and took note of the document prepared by the Presidency and the large support for the annex providing a political orientation.
The Presidency reported to the Council on the progress achieved during the second half of 2014 on a number of legislative proposals:
- Zootechnical conditions for trade of breeding animals.
- Plant health
- Official controls,
- School fruit, vegetable and milk scheme
- See comprehensive press release here.
- Watch the press conference after the Agriculture and Fisheries Council.