01 Jul 2016
SLOVAKIAN PRESIDENCY PROGRAMME – 01 JULYBrussels Daily
PROGRAMME OF THE SLOVAK PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION – Read the full programme here
Within the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, the Slovak Presidency will look at ways to strengthen the position of farmers in the food supply chain, with the intention of adopting Council conclusions on this issue. Owing to the protracted crisis in the agricultural markets, especially in the dairy and pigmeat sectors, it plans to monitor the situation on the agricultural commodities market and discuss the need for measures to stabilise the markets. The Presidency will also aim to evaluate the progress made on simplifying the common agricultural policy. It will also pay attention to forests and forestry. In this context, it intends to help implement the EU Forest Strategy, in particular as regards the guiding principle of global forest responsibility.
As regards the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy, the key activities of the Slovak Presidency will relate in particular to the third guiding principle, that of global forest responsibility The Presidency’s ambition is to prepare and adopt common EU positions for the meetings of intergovernmental multilateral organisations The Slovak Presidency aims to make the EU the global leader in promoting sustainable global forest management and ensure that it adopts a clear position on current developments in the international dialogue on forests
As far as simplification of the common agricultural policy (CAP) is concerned, the Council, led by the Slovak Presidency, will evaluate the progress made with the aim of identifying further ways to reduce the administrative burden The simplification of the regulatory framework for the common agricultural policy is closely linked to its post-2020 philosophy Therefore, the Slovak Presidency will build on the work of the Netherlands Presidency and will continue the discussion on the future of the CAP pillars