asked Her Majesty's Government:
When they will meet Slovenian European Union presidency representatives to discuss the common agricultural policy financial review and the future of farm support payments systems, prior to the proposed European Union Commission responses in the second quarter of this year. [HL1316]
The Commission published a consultation on the mid-term review of the common agricultural policy (CAP), the so-called “health check”, last November. The Commission is due to issue legislative proposals in May and the dossier is scheduled to be completed under the French presidency before the end of 2008. The Government have been discussing the CAP health check with the Slovenian presidency, the European Commission and all other member states since the launch of the consultation and will continue to do so throughout 2008, including at the monthly meetings of the European Agriculture Council.