27 Feb

Ministers discussed the need for rapid and structural responses to the current crisis situation in the agricultural sector during their meeting in Brussels on 26th February.

Following the farmers' protests across the EU, the European Commission and the Council are working together to find solutions to farmers' concerns. Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski considered the problems complex, which vary from one Member State to another. As common concerns the Commissioner named the EU trade and climate policies, thus an unequal level of playing field with third countries, administrative burdens created by EU and national legislations and increasing green requirement. Ministers unanimously agreed on the need for a rapid and effective response to farmers' concerns. State Secretary Zsolt Feldman presented a number of concrete proposals to reduce administrative burdens, strict rules and controls. Zsolt Feldman stressed the importance to develop medium- and long-term solutions besides the immediate adoption of short-term measures.

Ministers, furthermore, had an exchange of views on tools combatting transboundary animal diseases, including vaccinations, and fishery issues