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The Presidency priorities of the Ministry of Rural Affairs include discussions on the future Common Agricultural Policy

9. June 2017 - 10:29
Combine harvesters on a field.
Photo: Katrin Press / Ministry of Rural Affairs.

The priorities of the Ministry of Rural Affairs during the presidency include the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), issues concerning agricultural markets and improvement of the position of agricultural producers in the food supply chain, combating antimicrobial resistance and focusing on agricultural soils.

The results of the public consultation of the future CAP will become available by the start of Estonia’s Presidency and Estonia will continue the work of the former presidencies. “The Common Agricultural Policy has a direct impact on Estonian farmers,” said Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm. “Discussions of the future CAP will focus on how the CAP helps improve the preparedness of farmers for the risks associated with the market and production. An official meeting of ministers of agriculture will be held in Tallinn in September, where the attendees will discuss the future of risk management measures in the agricultural sector.”

The sustainability and competitiveness of the EU agricultural sector is important to Estonia as the next Presidency. “Aid has helped to solve the problems created in the sector by crises, but we need tools that help us prevent them and respond to them faster,” said Tamm. “This will certainly become a key issue in the discussions of future CAP.”

Antimicrobial resistance is a threat to animals and humans alike. “It’s important to us that we achieve some success with legislation that will help us reduce the risks associated with antimicrobial resistance,” said Tarmo Tamm. “This means we really have to move forward with the new Veterinary Medicine and Medicated Feed Regulations.”

The High Level Conference “Soils for sustainable food production and ecosystem services” will be held in Tallinn in early October, which will be dedicated to the sustainability and protection of soils from the viewpoint of agriculture. The conference will also focus on the technological solutions that will allow for better protection of soils and collection of soil data. “We should give more attention to the protection of soils, as the sustainability of soils is of key importance in guaranteeing food security and the continuation of agricultural activities,” said Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm.

Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm will attend an Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting on 12 June, where he can thank Malta for its work as the Presidency. There will also be bilateral meetings with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and Czech Minister of Agriculture Marian Jurečka to discuss the future of the Common Agricultural Policy of Europe. The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will meet for the first time during Estonia’s EU Council Presidency on the 17th and 18th of July.

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