Luxembourg, 13 June 2022
Infographic – How the Russian invasion of Ukraine has further aggravated the global food crisis:
Discussion on the market situation, especially following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia
Ministers also discussed the recent weather conditions in some member states, including Croatia.
In this context, sixteen delegations asked the Commission to extend, for the duration of the 2023 campaign, the principle of temporary derogations from certain provisions of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) put in place for 2022. The Commission indicated that it would rapidly come back to the Council on this matter. Ministers also reaffirmed the self-sufficiency of the European Union (EU) for most agricultural commodities thanks to the CAP and confirmed the CAP’s ability to contribute to global food security, as underlined by the European Council.
- Situation on the agricultural markets, particularly following the invasion of Ukraine
- How Russia’s war in Ukraine has impacted markets (background information)
- EU response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (background information)
- Food security and affordability (background information)
Reciprocity of standards for imported agricultural products
Ministers exchanged views on the information provided by the Commission on its recently adopted report on the application of EU health and environmental standards to imported agricultural and agri-food products. The discussion followed an earlier debate organized by the French Presidency in February 2022 on strengthening the coherence between the European Green Deal, the Common Agricultural Policy and the EU’s trade policy.
The report demonstrated the ability to implement measures, in compliance with WTO standards, in multilateral fora, in bilateral trade agreements or through autonomous measures when a production standard is introduced in European regulations. Ministers welcomed the report and stressed that in several areas, such as animal welfare, which was mentioned by many delegations, the examination of reciprocity was relevant, in particular by mobilizing multilateral forums and bilateral negotiations. They further asked that a regular follow-up of the measures implemented or planned be carried out.
- Report on the application of the Union’s health and environmental standards to imported agricultural and agri-food products
- REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL Application of EU health and environmental standards to imported agricultural and agri-food products
Ministers were also informed by the Presidency of the work carried out over the last three months on the proposal for a regulation on geographical indications (GIs). They further received information by the Commission on the state of play regarding the African swine fever epizootic in Europe and the need for the continued mobilization of all to eradicate it, as well as on the programming process for the European Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMAFA). They additionally were informed by the delegations on the recent weather conditions in member states (Croatia) and on a common approach concerning the objectives of reducing the sustainable use of plant protection products (Estonia).
Fishing opportunities for 2023
The Commission informed ministers of the state of implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), and of the launch of the public consultation on fishing opportunities for 2023, which will run until 31 August 2022. Ministers exchanged views on the state of fish stocks and stressed the importance of ensuring equal treatment between the three pillars of the CFP, as well as the need to recognize the efforts and improvements made by the sector. They further discussed the implementation of the landing obligation, the specificities of each sea basin, the impact of third country fisheries and the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, and the impact of other factors such as climate and pollution on the fisheries resource. Ministers additionally discussed the significant disruption to the fishing sector caused by Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, whether it be in terms of trade flows, the development of scientific advice or the holding of certain negotiations at international level. They further mentioned the mobilization of the European Fund for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Aquaculture (FEAMPA) to finance crisis measures to support the sector.
- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2023
- COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Accompanying the document Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2023
- Meeting n°3880
- 13 June 2022
- List of A items, non-legislative activities
- Provisional list of A items
- Provisional agenda
- Background brief