agric strisceEuropean School Fruit Scheme, Free Trade Agreement negotiated with Singapore and Health and Consumer Policy. These are the topics of the summit of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council which will take place in Brussels on 28 January 2013, under the presidency of Mr Simon Coveney, Irish Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.The new Irish Presidency will present its Presidency work programme including its roadmap for reaching a political agreement on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. This will be followed by an exchange of views. In October 2011 the Commission presented its proposals for reforming the Common Agriculture Policy after 2013 (See IP/11/1181 and MEMO/11/685). The reform aims to make the CAP greener, fairer and more sustainable so as to guarantee European citizens healthy and quality food production, to preserve the environment and to help develop rural areas. Among the key axes proposed are for example a better targeted income support, the conditioning of 30% of direct payments to an improved use of natural resources, a more competitive and balanced food chain, agri-environmental initiatives and support measures specifically targeted at young farmers. The Council takes place in the wake of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee vote on the reform proposals on January 19 & 20.


Any other business:

the Commission will present its Report on the implementation of the European School Fruit Scheme; the Commission will inform Member States on the draft Free Trade Agreement negotiated with Singapore; the Commission will inform Member states on the status of free trade agreement negotiations with Canada and the status of World Trade Organization negotiations.

Items for discussion –Any other business

Compliance with the Welfare Pig Directive in the Member States: Implementation of Group housing of sows. Commissioner Tonio Borg, will brief participants on compliance with the Directive on the welfare of pigs in Member States (implementation of group housing of sows) and inform the Council about the updates on the compliance. The intention is to remind Member States to take their responsibilities to ensure full compliance with the Directive on the protection of pigs in view of the implementation of group housing of sows. the Dutch delegation will present an information note on the European Food Safety Agency 's conclusions on the risk assessment for bees for three neonicotinoids.



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