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Ministers discussed among the need for rapid and structural responses to the current crisis situation in the agricultural sector, the current situation of agri-markets and animal welfare related issues during their meeting in Brussels on 27th May.

Misters stressed the importance of effective crisis management and adequate financial support, in particular strengthening of the CAP budget. Minister István Nagy also told that a comprehensive and complex examination of the risk management tools and crisis measures was necessary. He added, that Member States should have more flexibility in implementing risk management and crisis measures.

As regards the agricultural market situation, EU agriculture ministers highlighted in particular the problems caused by extreme weather events. Regarding the EU-Ukraine trade relation, the Commission told that Autonomous Trade Measures (ATM regulation) with Ukraine was prolonged, in order to support their economy. Minister István Nagy highlighted that those products should return to their traditional export markets and reach the third countries in need. The Minister stressed such a long term solution, which takes into consideration the interest of farmers both in the EU Member States and in Ukraine.

Ministers, furthermore, had an exchange of views on animal welfare.