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Directorate D 
  SG-D-3 – Resource Efficiency  
Brussels, 03 April 2017 
SI(2017) 138 
Meeting of the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) 
Brussels, 27 March 2017 - Summary record 

The Special Committee for Agriculture prepared the incoming Ministerial Council, notably as 
regards the agricultural part of the Omnibus Regulation, where Ministers will be invited to 
assess the compromise package of the Presidency. The Commission also briefly presented the 
Report on implementation of Ecological Focus Areas, in view of the presentation in the 
Council. Finally, a group of delegations 
 announced they would 
submit a note on simplification of the Common Agriculture Policy and present it in the 
Council under AOB. 
Further information: 

Adoption of the agenda 

Summary record of the 1546nd meeting of the SCA 
– 7477/17 CRS CSA 6 
Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on 
the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and amending 
Regulations (EU) No 1296/2013, (EU) No 1299/2013, (EU) 1301/2013, (EU) No 
1303/2013, EU No 1304/2013, (EU) No 1305/2013, (EU) No 1306/2013, (EU) No 
1307/2013, (EU) No 1308/2013, (EU) No 1309/2013, (EU) No 1316/2013, (EU) 
No 223/2014,(EU) No 283/2014, (EU) No 652/2014 of the European Parliament 
and of the Council and Decision No 541/2014/EU of the European Parliament 
and of the Council (Omnibus proposal) (First reading) 

Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111 
Office: L130 - Tel. direct line 

–  Agricultural provisions - draft consolidated text 
The SCA examined further the revised suggested overall compromise package with a 
view to making further progress in view of the AGRIFISH Council debate on 3 April. 
The Presidency circulated a consolidated compromise document ahead of the meeting. 
Member States were invited to indicate which provisions continued to present them with 
serious difficulties. 
With regard to the Direct Payment Regulation, MS seem to generally agree with the 
proposal. The most problematic points for the Commission are the changes to permanent 
grassland and voluntary coupled support. 
In the CMO Regulation the most sensitive issues are national financial assistance and the 
additional amendment to the definition of wine requested by France. 
As regards as Rural Development, most MS seem to be able to accept the compromise 
proposal, though some MS still have problems with regard to investments in irrigation, 
crop, animal and plant insurance and investments in physical assets and advisory 
MS generally supported the compromise text for the Horizontal Regulation. Two MS 
indicated, however, that the compromise proposal for the threshold for recoveries is 
The Presidency concluded by saying that the Omnibus will be on the agenda of the 
AGRIFISH Council on April 3th. A revised consolidated document and a note 
summarising the state of play will be distributed ahead of the Council meeting. 
 DG AGRI, Unit C.1 Tel.: 
Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on 
the definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names 
of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs and the 
protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks 
- Exchange of views 
The Presidency held an exchange of views on the two main policy issues identified in the 
Working Party, namely (a) the Commission empowerment in adopting delegated and 
implementing acts; and (b) the proposed alignment of the geographical indications 
protection procedure for spirit drinks to that of the Foodstuffs Regulation. 
Delegations were invited to provide policy orientations to guide the work of the Working 
Party on Wines and Alcohol (Spirit Drinks). 
With regards to the empowerments to the Commission, a number of delegations 
emitted reservations. Some (
 though the proposal to be unbalanced 
with too many DAs, while others (
 raised issued regarding principles 


of proportionality and subsidiarity. Also a number of delegations were of the opinion that 
essential elements of the regulation cannot be changed by DAs, as  this  power  should 
remain in BA (
 or   rather  by  IAs 
 Five delegations also had scrutiny reservations (
while two (
 supported explicitly the COM proposal to ensure sufficient flexibility. 
Regarding the Geographical Indications
- In favour of status quo: 
 (not final position), 
 (first option: 
alignment to wine), 
- In favour of harmonisation with horizontal rules (R 1151/2012) by taking due account 
of the specificities of spirit drinks: 
- Not in favour of allowing the COM to cancel existing GIs: 
- New procedure too bureaucratic to the disadvantage of SMEs/unjustified administrative 
burden for MS: 
- Uncertainty about the deadlines for examination/approval of GIs: 
The PRES took note that the Proposal should be further analysed on an article by article 
basis and in principle the delegation of powers should be limited in time. The PRES also 
took note of the intentions to address the GI concerns in particular. 
 DG AGRI, Unit G.2 Tel.: 

Simplification: Commission report on the implementation of Ecological 
Focus Areas 

= Information from the Commission 
In view of the debate at the 3 April AGRIFISH Council on the Commission's report on 
the implementation of EFAs, the Commission provided information on this report. The 
Commission recalled the objective of this report which is due to be adopted on 29 March 
2017 and which will be directly transmitted to the Council and the EP afterwards. 
The PRES took note of the info provided by the Commission on the forthcoming report 
as well as of the delegations comments. The PRES confirms this report will be presented 
and discussed during the AGRIFISH meeting of 3 April. 
 DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.: 


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on 
organic production and labelling of organic products, amending Regulation 
(EU) No XXX/XXX of the European Parliament and of the Council [Official 
controls Regulation] and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 

= Debriefing of the last trilogue 
Presidency debriefed the SCA on the limited progress of the 16th Trilogue. They 
informed the SCA that beside the one on the 15th of March there will be further drafting 
sessions with the three institutions. The Commission repeated the importance of having a 
number of constructive drafting sessions. 
A brief discussion took place on a non-paper on greenhouses meant as a brainstorming 
 rejected the text finding it impossible to apply. On the 
other hand 
 expressed their disappointment as by authorising 
demarcated beds we would derogate to the principle of soil-bound which is of a basic 
principle in organics.  
 added that there is still considerable job to be done. 
The Commission stressed the importance to push it through and get a deal by the end of 
the MT Presidency. An ad hoc SCA will be organised on the 10th of April. 
 DG AGRI, Unit B.4 Tel.: 
Organisation of future work 
The next AGRIFISH Council will take place on 3 April in Luxembourg. The provisional 
agenda includes Omnibus and the Commission report on EFA (Ecological Focus Areas).  
The PRES also announced that the Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian and 
Swedish delegations will shortly submit a joint note on simplification of the CAP post 
2020, for submission as an AOB point during the AGRIFISQH Council of 3 April 2017. 
 DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.: