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Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

I will be representing the United Kingdom at this month’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels.

There is only one substantive item on this month’s agenda, concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, on which the presidency is seeking political agreement on a Commission proposal.

The following issues will be raised under any other business:

The Agriculture Commissioner will provide an update on the WTO-DDA negotiations.

Romania will highlight the role small scale farms have to play in the future of European agriculture.

The presidency will make a presentation to Council on the agricultural market situation and the evolution of agricultural and food prices.

Lithuania will request the renewal of export refunds for skimmed milk powder, butter, cheese and preserved milk products.

The Czech Republic will draw the Council’s attention to its concerns regarding the Commission’s draft general block exemption regulation (GBER) which sets up horizontal rules of national public funding for undertakings linked to agricultural activities.