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Greek Presidency, Commission continue working on improving CAP reform compromise

BRUSSELS (ANA) – The European Union’s Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers Council resumed here on Tuesady a session adjourned late last Thursday, to work on a compromise text on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform presented by the Greek EU Presidency and supported by the European Commission.

Presiding over the Council, Greek Agriculture Minister George Drys summarized the key points in last week’s discussions and told participating ministers that hard work had been done since then by both the Commission and the Greek Presidency to improve the compromise text on CAP reform.

"We are very close to concluding this new, improved compromise proposal to meet the wishes on member-states and safeguard the prospects and the vision of European farming," Drys underlined.

He noted however that a major problem in preparing the proposal was that even though all member-states agreed on the governing principles of the compromise solution, there were deferring views as to the means to achieve the compromise.

"Because of that, we would need to be creative and explore alternatives and flexible approaches. Seeking alternatives in by itself a tough job and would be impossible to carry out without your creative participation," Drys said.

He added that together with EU Agriculture and Fisheries Commissioner Franz Fischler, he would probable need to hold private meetings with farming ministers from EU member-states in the coming hours.


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