AGRI Council Ministers reached an agreement late last night on a revised mandate for final CAP trilogues

They will take place today (26/06/2013) in Brussels between the Parliament, the AGRI Council and Commission negotiators this morning at 10:00. A final deal is expected to be announced later this evening.

PRESS RELEASE - 3249th Council meeting - AGRICULTURE and FISHERIES - Luxembourg, 24 and 25 June 2013 (provisional version)

IFOAM EU statement: “Organic movements acknowledge that the revised Council position slowly steers the CAP towards greener and fairer outcomes. However a weak Pillar 1 greening and still no decisive commitments for a strong and green Pillar 2 show the resistance of member states to deliver a more ambitious and effective reform”, said Thomas Fertl,  IFOAM EU Vice President. “Rural Development measures offer the most potential to deliver greater sustainability. While some improvements have been put in place, these will only have a real impact if there is strong financial firepower in the Pillar 2 budget. There is one last chance for the Commissioner and for MEPs to push only for advanced sustainability measures such as organic farming and high-level agro-environment-climate measures to get financial prioritisation under a Pillar 2 earmark in order to increase farm resilience, protect natural resources and to secure long term food security.”

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