Commissioner Hogan to debate with AGRI Members on 3 December
The newly appointed Commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan has been invited for a debate with AGRI Members during the Committee meeting of 3 December at 17.00 (room JAN4Q1, Brussels). The topics expected to be raised include 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.
Commitments made at the hearings of the Commissioners
The briefings on the commitments made at the hearings of Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and of Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety are available below.
On 5 November from 16.00 to 18.30, AGRI will hold a hearing on "a new EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest-based sector", with a view to feed into an own-initiative report by Elisabeth Köstinger (EPP, AT). Invited experts will include: Harald Mauser of the European Forest Institute, Juha Hakkarainen of the Finnish Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, Jan Szyszko of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre. Debates with Members will follow the rounds of presentations.
EU budget 2015 and use of the agricultural crisis reserve
During the AGRI meeting of 6 November, the Commission was invited to debate with Members its recently adopted 'amending letter' to the draft 2015 budget. This amendment provides for extra revenues of €465 million to the agricultural budget coming mostly from clearance of accounts and milk superlevies. However, these additional amounts will not be used to support producers affected by the Russian import ban, but for financing other EU priority measures such as the fight against the Ebola epidemic. As a result, emergency market measures put into place in recent weeks in the context of the Russian ban will have to be financed using the 2015 agricultural crisis reserve, leaving it almost empty for the coming year.
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