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Agriculture ministers approve conclusions on the new EU Forest Strategy for 2030

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The agriculture ministers permitted the conclusions on the new EU Forest Strategy for 2030, sending a transparent political message on a difficulty as essential for the future as the function and significance of forests in the EU and globally. The ministers agreed on the want for forests to contribute extra to the European Green Deal and international objectives equivalent to the 2030 Agenda. They emphasised that forests play an integral function in making certain human and animal well being and a wholesome pure surroundings. They pressured the significance of fruitful dialogue between EU member states, the Commission, forest house owners, different stakeholders and civil society. The Council pressured the significance of a stability between environmental, social and financial features of sustainable forest administration and that the variety of forests and the established strategies of forest administration in several member states and areas must be revered and maintained. The Council conclusions additionally underline the proven fact that forests have gotten a cross-cutting concern in lots of EU insurance policies and that the EU is attaching rising significance to the contribution of forests to the European Green Deal, the international goals on forest safety and new forest-related challenges.

The chair, Minister Jože Podgoršek, mentioned: “Slovenia as one in all the most forested nations in the world has at all times been conscious of the significance of sustainable and multifunctional forest administration. Thus, I’m very happy that conclusions on such essential points have been adopted throughout the Slovenian Presidency. Most of the conclusions mirror the want for cooperation of all stakeholders in establishing a balanced strategy to forests. This is the solely solution to efficiently take on the challenges posed by our forests and, at the similar time, defend the communities residing off of forest sources.”

On agriculture, the ministers took word of the challenges dealing with the member states referring to the present market scenario. The scenario in the pork sector is particularly regarding. “Inflationary pressures have elevated in the final 12 months, whereas power, uncooked materials, fertilisers and freight costs have additionally considerably elevated. The market developments of the mentioned sectors and their affect on the agricultural and meals sector will due to this fact should be intently monitored,” mentioned Minister Podgoršek.

The Presidency additionally offered the key messages and proposals of the EU Pollinator Week, which came about at the finish of September. Regarding ecosystem companies, the key and oblique roles of pollinators, equivalent to pest management, sustaining soil and water high quality and contributing to the panorama aesthetics had been highlighted. “We have to be acutely conscious that pollinators guarantee the high quality of our lives, agriculture and our future basically.” Therefore, the Presidency is working to make sure that member states embody measures of their CAP strategic plans which might be geared toward preserving pollinator variety and numbers.

The ministers additionally took word of the report of the Slovak delegation on the dealing with of huge carnivores and of the evaluation of the potentialities for harmonisation of their monitoring in the EU member states. The Commission up to date the ministers on progress made in consultations on fishing alternatives for shares shared with the United Kingdom for 2022. The Slovenian Presidency is pushing for an settlement with the United Kingdom earlier than the Agriculture and Fisheries Council assembly in December.