On 3 December from 09.15 to 11.45, AGRI held a hearing on the Regulation on organic production, with a view to feed into a report by Martin HÄUSLING (Greens, DE). Invited experts included: Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, Chairman of the "Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft", .Jürn Sanders, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Etienne Gangneron, Chairman of "Agence BIO", Isabella Übertsberger, organic farmer and member of Bio Austria Youth Network and Elia Rodriguez Alvarez, organic farmer and representative of "Galician Peasants Union". Debates with Members followed the rounds of presentations.
Commissioner Hogan to debate with AGRI Members on 3 December
The newly appointed Commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan participated to a debate with AGRI Members during the Committee meeting of 3 December at 17.00 (room JAN4Q1, Brussels). The topics raised included the latest developments on the 2015 agricultural budget, an update on measures taken by the EU to alleviate the impact of the Russian import ban on EU food products, the situation on agricultural markets (including prospects for the dairy market) and ongoing work on legislative proposals such as the organic production and the school schemes files.
Presentation and competencies
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;
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