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Brussels, 7 October 2021

October’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting will take place on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 October from 10.00 in Luxembourg. The meeting will be chaired by the Slovenian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Jože Podgoršek.

Following the adoption of ‘A’ items, the first morning will be devoted to fisheries. Ministers will begin by discussing fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022. This will be followed by an exchange of views on shared fish stocks with the United Kingdom, and a discussion on fisheries consultations with Norway and Coastal States for 2022. Ministers will then be asked to provide guidance on the position to be taken by the EU at the upcoming ICCAT annual meeting.

The afternoon will focus on agricultural topics, beginning with a discussion on the state of play of the national CAP strategic plans. Following a short break, ministers will discuss the revision of marketing standards for agricultural products, in particular labelling rules for honey blends. The first day will conclude with a press conference featuring Mr Podgoršek and the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski.

On day two of the Council, the results of consultations on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022 will be announced via a press conference with Mr Podgoršek and the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius. The meeting will commence at

10.00 with a policy debate on the EU Forest Strategy for 2030, followed after lunch by a discussion on the contribution that agriculture and forestry can make to the Fit for 55 strategy. A final press conference with Mr Podgoršek and Commissioner Wojciechowski will bring the meeting to a close in the afternoon.

Over the course of the two days, ministers will receive information from delegations on a number of AOB points, including Spain’s candidate to chair the UN Committee on World Food Security, the pig meat sector, the meeting of G20 agriculture ministers, the revision of the European quality policy, the framework for state aid, the recent UN Food Systems Summit, Turkish fishing vessels in EU waters, and animal welfare legislation.

Agriculture and Fisheries Council – meeting page

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