The European Parliament has confirmed that a delegation will be leaving Brussels on Monday morning to attend the Agriculture Council meeting in Luxembourg taking place from 24 – 26 June. The Council meeting, the last to be held under the Irish Presidency, will see farm ministers from all Member States hold three days of talks as they attempt to reach a common Council position on CAP.
In an announcement made by the European Parliament yesterday, it was confirmed that four trilogues, one for each regulation, are scheduled to take place in the afternoon of June 24. Parliament negotiators will return to Brussels that evening.
Once again, Chair of the Agriculture committee Paolo De Castro urged institutions not to rush into a decision:
“…it must be clear that we will not accept whatever Council or Commission put on the table just for sake of having the negotiations finalised during the next week. The quality of the reform is much more important than the speed”, he said.
Elsewhere, in a live debate between EU Commissionor for Agriculture, Dacian Cioloş and Paolo de Castro, hosted by viEUws on June 20th, it seemed the Commission is keen to secure a deal. Stating that his objective for next week was to reach a deal, the Commissioner added:
“I do not see what we would gain by prolonging the discussions by two or three more months”
On returning to Brussels, political groups will discuss political deal on Tuesday 25th, with an extraordinary meeting of COMAGRI taking place on June 26th.
You can watch the whole viEUws debate: CAP debate: Deal or No Deal? below: