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.
Ovlasti i nadležnosti stalnih odbora
Odbor nadležan za:
1. djelovanje i razvoj zajedničke poljoprivredne politike;
2. ruralni razvoj, uključujući djelatnosti relevantnih financijskih instrumenata;
3. zakonodavne propise o:
(a) veterinarskim i fitosanitarnim pitanjima i hrani za životinje pod uvjetom da
takve mjere nisu namijenjene zaštiti od opasnosti za ljudsko zdravlje,