The focus at the Council was on addressing challenges and progress in the preparation of the nationwide strategic plans for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The member states welcomed right this moment’s dialogue as the plans cowl each pillars of the CAP, are based mostly on a strategic method and provides international locations the alternative to implement interventions in a standard framework that reply to their wants. At the finish of the dialogue, the Chair of the EU Council, Minister Podgoršek, mentioned, “Ministers today reported on the progress and challenges they face in preparing plans. The work is not easy, as preparation requires the transparent drawing up of plans, involving all stakeholders and key partners. At the same time, we are aware that we must submit our plans to the European Commission by the end of the year. After today’s discussion, I can say that I am still optimistic that the countries will succeed in carrying out this important task by the end of the year, ensuring the new CAP can be implemented as planned”.
The ministers additionally mentioned the revision of EU advertising and marketing requirements for agricultural merchandise in line with the suggestions of the Farm to Fork Strategy. Minister Podgoršek talked about, “One of the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency is the revision of guidelines on honey labelling. I’ve due to this fact requested the ministers to contemplate, in the context of the wider debate on advertising and marketing requirements and sustainability, how finest to replace these guidelines to make sure higher transparency relating to the origin of honey. The proposal obtained broad assist from member states. We agreed that the indication of the nation of origin of honey on the product label should be clear and never deceptive,” mentioned Minister Podgoršek.
On the first day of the assembly, ministers additionally offered info on different matters referring to the pork sector, the latest G20 assembly and the assessment of the European high quality coverage.
In the morning, the ministers answerable for fisheries mentioned fishing alternatives in the Baltic Sea and exchanged opinions on consultations on fisheries with the United Kingdom and Norway for 2022. Negotiations on the fixing of fishing alternatives in the Baltic Sea for 2022 have additionally been launched; delegations are eager to achieve an settlement at this assembly of the Council.