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EU agriculture ministers discuss the sustainability of soils

6. November 2017 - 13:04
Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm. Photo: European Union

The Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia, Tarmo Tamm, will take part in the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held today, on 6 November in Brussels. The minister will present the Presidency’s conclusions on the results of the soil conference held at the beginning of October.

The high-level conference “Soil for sustainable food production and ecosystem services” was held in Tallinn on 4-6 October and Estonia as the Presidency has prepared the conclusion of the results of the conference. During the Council meeting, Estonia wishes to draw attention to the condition of soils and give an input to the shaping of the future Common Agricultural Policy.

In addition, the European Commission will give an overview on the current international trade negotiations and on the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation. The Commission will also introduce the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive and the assessment report on national action plans. The Central-Eastern European Initiative for Knowledge-based Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in Bioeconomy (BIOEAST), the joint declaration for renewable energy after 2020, and the overview of the Bratislava summit on dual quality of foods held on 13 October are also on the agenda.

The Minister of Rural Affairs is accompanied at the Council by the Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development, Toomas Kevvai, the Deputy Secretary General for Agricultural and Rural Life Policies, Marko Gorban, the Deputy Secretary General for Fisheries Policy and Foreign Affairs, Olavi Petron, and the Head of the European Union Affairs Department, Madis Pärtel.

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