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Next AGRI meeting: 3-4 September in Brussels

Wednesday 3 September: 9:00-12:30 and 15:00-18:30 (in camera 17:30-18:30) - Meeting room: JAN 6Q2
Thursday 4 September: 9:00-12:30 (in camera 11:00-12:30) - Meeting room: JAN 4Q2
Meetings are open to the public. However, participants must obtain an access pass in advance. Requests for access passes must be sent 5 working days before the meeting to agri-secretariat@europarl.europa.eu

Risk and opportunities of an EU-US trade agreement for the EU agri-food sector

Negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were launched in June 2013 with potential important implications in the field of agriculture. Gabriel Felbermayr from the IFO Institute-Leibniz for Economic Research at The University of Munich will present a Study prepared for AGRI Members on "Risks and Opportunities for the EU Agri-Food Sector in a Possible EU-US Trade Agreement" (3 September at 16.30 room JAN6Q2).

Italian Presidency programme

Maurizio Martina, President-in-office of the Agriculture Council and Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry policies, will present the priorities of the Italian Presidency in the field of agriculture and rural development to AGRI Members on 3 September at 11.30 (room JAN6Q2). He will also update Members on preparations for the Universal Expo Milan 2015.

Russian import ban on EU food products

European producers have been hit hard by the import ban on EU food products imposed by the Russian Federation since the 7th of August. The Commission will be invited to present during the AGRI meeting on 4 September at 09.00 the urgent market measures taken to alleviate the losses experienced by EU producers - mainly support measures for market withdrawals in the fruit and vegetable sector and intervention measures in the milk sector - and to update AGRI Members on the latest market trends, and further possible measures (room JAN4Q2).

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The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session.

Powers and responsibilities of standing committees
Committee responsible for:
1. the operation and development of the common agricultural policy;
2. rural development, including the activities of the relevant financial instruments;
3. legislation on:
(a) veterinary and plant-health matters and animal feeding stuffs provided such measures are not intended to protect against risks
to human health,
(b) animal husbandry and welfare;
4. improvement of the quality of agricultural products;
5. supplies of agricultural raw materials;
6. the Community Plant Variety Office;
7. forestry and agroforestry.
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The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) is responsible for scrutinising the European Commission's work related to agricultural policy. This mainly involves preparing reports for legislative proposals, falling under the co-decision procedure between Parliament and the Council, for adoption in plenary.
The powers and responsibilities of our Committee include the following policy areas: the common agricultural policy (CAP), animal health and welfare, plant health, agricultural products quality, forestry and agroforestry.
In addition to its legislative work, our Committee monitors the implementation of the CAP, and other important issues such as food security. In this respect, it closely cooperates with the Commission, the Council, other EU Institutions, and stakeholders.
The AGRI Committee has 45 full members and 45 substitute members, all of them very committed to their work.
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Czesław Adam Siekierski
Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development