The Minister with responsibility for food, farming and environment, my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick), will be representing the United Kingdom at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels on 18 January. No Ministers from the devolved Administrations are scheduled to attend.
This will be the first Agriculture and Fisheries Council under the Spanish presidency, and they will outline their work programme on agriculture and fisheries dossiers. Discussions will also take place on two substantive items—the Commission Communication “A better functioning food supply chain in Europe” and the Italian state aid request for the purchase of agriculture land.
Under any other business, a Bulgarian request for state aid for producers of raw tobacco has been tabled.