On 6 March, the ALDE Party hosted its first AGRIFISH Pre-Council meeting of 2017 by bringing together liberal Agriculture Ministers ahead of the Council of the European Union’s AGRIFISH Council.
The meeting was chaired by Ros Scott, ALDE Party Vice President and was co-hosted with Fernand Etgen, Luxembourg’s Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture & Consumer Protection.
The ministers had an in-depth discussion on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2020 which they agreed on the need for simplification.
Liberal Agriculture Ministers also agreed that the CAP should focus more on innovation and research and development.
List of participants
Willy Borsus, Minister of the Middle Class, Self-Employed, SMEs, Agriculture & Social Integration, Belgium
Hilde Vautmans MEP, ALDE Group, Belgium
Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs, Estonia
Risto Lahti, Cabinet Advisor to Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture & the Environment, Finland
Kari Valonen, Head of EU Coordination at Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry, Finland
Fernand Etgen, Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture & Consumer Protection, Luxembourg
Baroness Ros Scott, ALDE Party Vice President