Ref. Ares(2018)5561837 - 30/10/2018
SG-D-3 – Resource Efficiency
Brussels, 21 November 2017
NOTE TO MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION
Meeting of the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA)
Brussels, 20 November 2017 - Summary record
As an end of a long inter-institutional story that started in November 2015 with the 1st trilogue (with in
total 18 trilogues during 3 years), today' SCA confirmed with qualified majority the agreement on
organic production reached at the trilogue of 28 June. 6 delegations voted against (
and 3 abstained
). According to procedure, the Presidency will inform the
EP that, should the EP adopt its position at first reading, the Council would approve it.
Following a judgement from February 2017, the Commission presented its proposal aimed at rectifying
the sugar production levies for the years 1999/2000 and 2000/2001. This item will also be discussed at
the AGRIFIN and come back to the SCA under BG Presidency.
Adoption of the agenda
Summary record of the 1561th meeting of the SCA
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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
– Confirmation of the final compromise text with a view to agreement
13868/17 AGRILEG 200 CODEC 1719
The PRES invited the Delegations to confirm the final compromise text (in document
13868/17) with a view to agreement and to authorise the Presidency to send the offer letter to
In the ensuing vote,
did not support the final compromise text.
abstained their position. The rest of the delegations approved the text tacitly
(as PRES announced beforehand that silence would mean in favour of the proposal). No
discussion on substance took place.
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In its conclusion, the Presidency noted the support from the SCA on the final compromise
text and announced it would sign the offer letter instantly for transmission to the chair of the
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (COMAGRI).
Proposal for a Council Regulation fixing the production levies and the
coefficient for calculating the additional levy in the sugar sector for the
1999/2000 marketing year and fixing the production levies in the sugar
sector for the 2000/2001 marketing year
– Presentation by the Commission
13659/17 AGRI 575 AGRIORG 104 AGRIFIN 111 + ADD 1
The chair opened with a brief intro, recalling the historical precedent "Jülich II". He
informed the point will be treated by the forthcoming AGRIFIN
meeting on the 29th of
and announced a Sugar Working Party
that will be held on the 8th of December
upon the request of several delegations.
The COM (Mr Moegele) introduce the context and reasoning of the proposal for a Council
Regulation setting sugar levies retroactively for marketing years 1999/2000 and 2000/2001.
The Court Judgment invalidating two Commission Regulations (No 2267/2000 and No
1993/2001) has created a legal void that should be filled as soon as possible. Given the
structure of the CMO, the proposal falls under of Art 43(3) of the TFUE.
The Court concluded that, for these marketing years, sugar levies have been overestimated so
the sugar producer (and the beet growers) paid an unduly high level of fees as already
identified in "Jülich II" case, Therefore the Commission proposal by analogy follows the
approach used for the previous case, namely refixing, ex-post, the correct amount of sugar
levies. By fixing the corrected level of production levies, operators that paid production
levies for the years in question are entitled to claim back the difference unduly paid subject
to the application of national procedural rules for such cases.
PRES concluded that the SCA took note of the information provided by the Commission and
confirmed the proposal will be put on the agenda of the AGRIFIN of 29/11 and a separate
Sugar WP on 8/12 with the aim to come back to CSA in January 2018 under
PRES asked for written comments from delegations by 30/11 to make progress in the WP.
DG AGRI, Unit G.4 Tel.:
Organisation of future work
SCA meeting of 4 December
Commission Communication on future CAP
: first exchange of views in preparation of next
Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP)
: to be inscribed as an "I" item on the agenda of the meeting
GI for spirit drinks (next steps)
: last working party on 22/11; text subsequently to be sent for
Council approval; aim is to reach a preliminary Council position in Jan. 2018; currently
awaiting compromise agreement (amendments) from EP
AGRIFISH meeting of 11&12 December
Commission Communication on future CAP
: preliminary discussion, based on questions
(point to be taken by VP Katainen, Hogan being absent)
AOB points requested by
"Pig meat market" and "update of sugar market situation"
AOB point requested by
“Uncompetitive practices and food chain”
support from MS to follow)
Coreper II agreement 15/12; letter sent to COMAGRI chair; on course to achieve objective.
, DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.: