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December Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Statement made on 13 December 2018

Statement UIN HLWS1143


My Hon Friend Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (George Eustice) has today made the following statement:

As the provisional agenda stands, the only item for fisheries will be a Council Regulation on Atlantic and North Sea TACs and Quotas for 2019, for which a political agreement is sought.

The primary focus for agriculture will be on the Post 2020 Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform package. Council will consider a progress report, covering three regulations: one on CAP strategic plans; a second on financing, management and monitoring of the CAP; and a third on common market organisation (CMO) of agriculture products.

Council will also hold an exchange of views on the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy.

There are currently six items scheduled for discussion under ‘any other business’:

- information from the Croatian delegation on the interparliamentary conference "The role of Parliaments in shaping the future of food and farming" (Zagreb, 22-23 November 2018)

- information from the Commission on the current legislative proposal on a Regulation amending Regulations (EU) No 1305/2013 and (EU) No 1307/2013 as regards certain rules on direct payments and support for rural development in respect of the years 2019 and 2020

- information from the Presidency on the conference "The development of Plant Proteins in the European Union – Opportunities and Challenges" (Vienna, 22-23 November 2018)

- information from the Presidency on massive forest damage in Europe

- information from the Commission on the follow-up to the fipronil incident: state of play of implementation

- information from the Danish delegation on the establishment of an International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS) to strengthen the fight against AMR internationally and especially in low- and middle-income countries