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Council of Ministers for Agriculture: Press Release, (20/06/03)

The Session of the Council of the Ministers for Agriculture concluded its works for Thursday 19th June late at night to convene again next Wednesday 25 June in Luxembourg.  The subject of the meeting is the Common Agricultural Policy.

After the conclusion of Thursday’s works the Chairman of the Council of the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Georgios Drys, proceeded to the following statements:
“The reason why we decided on this short interruption is closely related to the fact that we think there is need for an intense effort on behalf of the Presidency and the Commission in order to ensure the best solution possible which will facilitate our decision regarding a long lasting sustainable policy in the agricultural sector.

Since last Tuesday we have been working with great responsibility and willingness to seek for opportunities aiming at an honest and proper solution.  Undoubtedly this is not always easy to achieve and it is time-consuming.

Before we close our meeting today, all Ministers stated their willingness to contribute to the finding out of a final agreement shortly.

Many of my colleagues stated that the subjects on which we share a common perception and point of view are much more than those on which there are still differences to be gapped.  Everyone encouraged us to keep on trying. 

Obviously the effort should be mainly made at the political level. The time has come for the Ministers as well as for political decisions to be taken.”


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