Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm attends the meeting of the European Union Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Brussels today, on 6 March.
The main topic to be discussed by the Council is the future of the common agricultural policy (CAP) of the European Union after 2020. The document prepared by the presiding country Malta about the six possible future priorities of the CAP, which are increasing the resistance of the common policy to market crises, coping with environmental challenges, guaranteeing the change of generations in agriculture, continuing with the orientation on the market, strengthening the position of producers and simplifying the CAP, will be discussed at the meeting.
The other issues to be discussed at the meeting include the difficult situation in the Polish fruit sector, the issue of the double standards applied to the quality of foodstuffs raised by Hungary and Slovakia, and the current status of the establishment of the EU-wide animal welfare platform for the development of animal welfare. Germany will give an overview of the results of the conference of G20 ministers of agriculture held at the end of January in Berlin, and Italy will speak about the forum of the EU rice sector held at the end of February in Milan.
Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm will also have bilateral meetings with the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Adam Siekierski and Minister of Agriculture of Luxembourg Fernard Etgen.
The Minister of Rural Affairs is accompanied by Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development Toomas Kevvai, Deputy Secretary General for Agricultural and Rural Life Policies Marko Gorban, Deputy Secretary General for Fisheries Policy and Foreign Affairs Olavi Petron and Head of the European Union Affairs Department Madis Pärtel.