1st meeting of the PES Agriculture Ministers
Today, 30 September, Agriculture Ministers from the PES family met ahead of an EU Agriculture Council for the first time. The Ministers welcomed the opportunity to improve their coordination and form common progressive positions ahead of the Council meetings.
The Ministers will work for more solidarity in European agricultural policy, and in particular expressed their concern about the Russian ban against agricultural products, and the end to milk quotas. Ministers will also devote their time to ensuring that the EU's negotiations for a free trade agreement with the USA (TTIP) do not have a negative effect on agricultural production in Europe.
The Ministers looked forward to the European Parliamentary hearing of Agriculture Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan, after which they hope to see work begin quickly on a number of key issues. The Ministers expect to work closely with the Parliament's AGRI Committee in the coming five years.
List of participants:
Stephane Le Foll - France, Chair
Maurizio Martina - Italy, Host
Svenja Spanjol - Croatia
Roderick Galdes - Malta
Sharon Dijksma - The Netherlands
Dejan Zidan - Slovenia
Paolo de Castro - MEP