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Ministers of agriculture of the presidency trio to discuss joint priorities in Tallinn

7. February 2017 - 7:01
Austrian, Estonian and Bulgarian ministers of agriculture.
Left: Andrä Rupprechter, Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, and Hristo Bozukov, Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food. Photo: Karolin Lillemäe.

A meeting between Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs, and the ministers of agriculture of Austria and Bulgaria will take place today, on 7 February, with the aim of discussing joint presidency priorities in the field of agriculture.

Andrä Rupprechter, Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, and Hristo Bozukov, Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, are visiting Estonia in order to discuss the presidency of the Council of the European Union and outline the joint 18-month programme of the presidency trio in the field of agriculture.

“The most important topic to be covered in the meeting will be discussions on the future of the common agricultural policy of the European Union that are due to begin during Estonia's presidency as the respective discussions will continue under the guidance of future holders of the presidency,” said Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs.

Furthermore, Estonia and other future holders of the presidency will introduce their national programmes and discuss the functioning of communication during the presidency trio.

In the second half of 2017, Estonia will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time. The three subsequent holders of the presidency will draw up an 18-month joint programme in order to ensure the substantive consistency of the work of the Council of the European Union. The programme will determine the fields to which more attention will be paid on the European level. Estonia belongs to a joint presidency trio with Bulgaria and Austria.

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