Reformed CAP to Address Industry Concerns

by 5m Editor
23 May 2011, at 11:25am

EU - The Commission briefed the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on the conclusions of the enlarged advisory group on pig meat at the Council meeting in Brussels last week.

Several delegations supported the main conclusions made by the enlarged advisory group on pig meat establishing the role of innovation in the competitiveness of this sector and the importance of a better integration of the pig industry. The Commission expects to consider a large number of measures for this sector in the context of the future CAP, including putting in place a mechanism to better anticipate crises, reinforcing promotion in the EU and outside the EU and seeking a better balance in the power of producers in this sector. The current market tools available have shown their efficiency and should be kept but possibly improved. However, some member states considered that the conclusions of the enlarged advisory group did not provide sufficient concrete replies to the causes of the crisis in this sector.

On 13 December 2010, Belgium presented to the Council the outcome of a reflection day on the 'Pig Meat Sector towards 2020', which took place on 3 December 2010. Further to this reflection day, the Commission decided to convene an enlarged advisory group on pig meat and invited agricultural non-governmental organisations belonging to the advisory group on pig meat to four meetings held jointly with representatives of all member states during the first few months of 2011.

The purpose of the group, chaired by the Commission, was to 'analyse the situation in the pig sector in the light of the current crisis but also discussing the mid-term and long term perspectives of a competitive EU pig industry'.