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Ref. Ares(2018)5561837 - 30/10/2018

A number of delegations asked for clarifications on the following topics: food supply 
chain 
, discussion paper of "climate and water" 
 omnibus regulation timing 

 
Contact: 
, DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.: 
 
 
4. 
Market situation and the milk package report 
– Information from the Commission 
The Commission presented the situation on the markets and in particular in dairy, beef, 
pigmeat, sugar and F&V, emphasizing the state of play with measures taken last year. 
The Commission also recalled the main conclusions of the Milk Package report that will 
be discussed in more detail in the next Council. Thirteen MS made comments with some 
MS (notably 
) noting improvements in the market with a number of MS (
 
) emphasising however the need to remain vigilant as regards possible 
negative evolutions. Delegations in particular voiced concerns regarding apples (
 – due 
to +14% in production in 2017), cereals (
 – due to possible impact of UA imports 
and poor-quality harvest), dairy (
 – due to low prices), F&V (
 – in particular 
citrus fruit). 
 recalled need to learn from past crisis to better tackle volatility in 
future CAP. Other lessons to retain for the future include need to consider Outermost 
regions (
 and LFAs (
 and to retain schemes such as coupled support. Regarding the 
Milk Package some MS speaking (
) welcomed conclusions with 
 
requesting that measures are also extended to other sectors. Others (
) said that 
package had limited impact in their country due to high share of co-ops and should 
remain voluntary for MS. 
 observed that main question in determining success of 
package is whether it made dairy sector more resilient towards crisis. Miscellaneous 
topics were also raised by MS: request to pursue on AMTF follow-up (

and not to lose time with "studies", need to discuss recommendations of Sheep Meat 
Forum (
). On the AMTF Commission mentioned that reflection on future action was 
still ongoing but the attitude of Commissioner Hogan towards recommendations was 
positive. On the Sheep Meat Forum Presidency recalled that a presentation/discussion 
will be held at the next Council. 
 
Contact: 

, DG AGRI, Unit G.1 Tel.: 
 
5. 
Delegated acts planned for the first half of 2017 
– Information from the Commission 
Under point 5 of the agenda, the Commission briefly presented the indicative list of draft 
Delegated Acts circulated earlier to MS as well as the new organigram of DG AGRI. Few 
MS intervened with 
 and 
 emphasizing the need to adopt as quickly as possible 
the DA aligning Regulation (EC) No 543/2011 (that includes increased withdrawal prices 
for F&V), and 
 calling for the same on the greening DA to allow an implementation 
for MS in 2017. 
 regretted that the new DG AGRI re-organisation was not discussed 
earlier in SCA (on which the Commission recalled that the new organisation was only 
adopted in December last year). 
Contact: 
, DG AGRI, Assistant DDG3 Tel.: 
 

 

6. 
Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between 
the European Union and the Republic of Chile on trade in organic products 
– Presentation by the Commission 
 16 AGRI 548 AGRILEG 145 COMER 107 + ADD 1 
15292/16 AGRI 658 AGRILEG 193 COMER 130 + ADD 1 
The Commission took the floor and presented this first agreement under the new legal 
framework for organic trade agreements based on a reciprocal acceptance of the organic 
rules. The agreement is more restricted for Chilean products: Chilean organic rules for 
animal products (other than honey), feed and aquaculture, not found equivalent for the 
time being. The Commission highlighted from the agreement the new procedure 
according to which the COM would be authorised to modify (increase or decrease) the 
scope of the agreement or to suspend it if there were problems as regards the equivalency. 
The Commission explained that the agreement should be signed by The Commission. 
 expressed support but claimed that there was a lack of transparency 
during the negotiations.  
 
The Commission took note of the feeling of lack of transparency but reminded MS that 
the SCA had been informed twice (last time in March 2016) and that detailed information 
was also provided to the Committee on Organic Production. 
 
On Chile, MT PRES will prepare an A-note for the signature and conclusion and ask EP's 
consent.  
 
Contact: 
, DG AGRI, Unit B.4  Tel.: 
 
7. 
International Trade Issues 
– Information from the Commission 
 
In line with the Note on the Future Work of the SCA (9113/15) and in preparation of this 
item at the January AGRI Council, the Commission informed the Committee on the trade 
negotiations ongoing of relevance to Agriculture, notably the G20 summit (Berlin), WTO 
(Buenos Aires in Sept 2017), TTIP, Mercosur, CETA, bilateral Free Trade Agreements with 
Japan, Mexico, Chile, China, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine. The Commission also discussed 
the study of the cumulative impact of FTAs on the EU agricultural sector and the relevance 
of the current strategy towards third countries. 
 
A number of delegations asked questions for clarification, noting the need to involve MS 
(via experts) and need of greater transparency during the negotiations (
) and 
some expressing some concerns about the results of the study (
). 
 
The Commission stressed in particular the positive impact of our trade strategies, the 
importance of the GI's, and the need to forge alliances in the WTO. 
 
The Presidency took note of the information provided by the Commission and invited the 
Commission to keep the SCA informed of future initiatives in this regard. 
 
Contact: 
, DG AGRI, Assistant DDG3, Tel.: 
 

 

8. 
Scope of the Commission’s powers to adopt delegated acts for exceptions from 
the rules on protected designations of origin for wines 
–  Request from the 
 delegation (AOB) 
 
 presented this a.o.b. point regarding the Teran wine. In December 2016, the 
Commission announced its intention to adopt a delegated act granting wine producers of one 
MS a permanent right or an exception for labelling wines with the name of a protected 
designation of origin of another Member State. This is the case of Teran wine, which is a 
Slovenian protected designation of origin.  
 
 argued that in intending to adopt a DA, the Commission was overstepping its powers, 
a fact that could prove a perilous precedent. The Commission presented a detailed legal 
and political justification for the Commission action. 
 supported the DA and thanked 
the Commission.   recalled the unbearable situation in neighbouring markets and 
indicated a contradiction with the solution taken for Tokay. The Commission 
subsequently stressed that this was completely different case from Tokay; that Teran 
could be labelled only in HR and that the PDO/PGI policy would be totally unaffected. 
The Council LS did not take the floor. 
 
Contact: 
, DG AGRI, Unit G.2 Tel.: 
 
9. 
Organic Salmon from Norway/Iceland imports the EU 
–  Request from the 
 delegation (AOB) 
 
 informed MS about its recently adopted policy as regard imports of organic salmon 
from Norway. Following the letter written by the Commission to the Committee on Organic 
Production member in October 2016, 
 took the necessary measures to prevent 
aquaculture products from Norway and Iceland from being put on the market as organic. 
 asked Commission to take measures to avoid market distortion if not all MS apply 
the same policy.  
 
The Commission took the floor and updated MS about the situation. Unfortunately 
 
(and 
 as a consequence) showed no particular commitment on a roadmap for the 
incorporation of the current EU organic regulations to the EEA agreement.  Commission 
explained it has no margin for manoeuvre to modify the current situation and reminded MS 
the content of the letter sent to them. Commission reminded MS that the problem is not an 
administrative problem but it is about legal certainty and asked all MS to act in the same way 
as 
, preventing organic salmon products from being imported and marketed. 
Commission point of view is that a harmonised position from all MS vis-à-vis of Norway 
would lead to a faster solution of the problem. Commission also reminded them that it is not 
a question only of organic salmon and aquaculture products; in fact all the organic products 
are concerned because the EU Regulations currently in force have not been incorporated to 
the EEA Agreements by Norway and Iceland. 
 
On the other hand, the Commission recalled MS that are also other issues depending on 
Norway (as regards conventional meat, dairy and cheese) that impede to fully apply article 
19 (trade liberalisation) of the EEA Agreement as regards free trade among the members.    
 

 

 and 
 agreed with COM and 
 on the need to take a common position against 
Norway. 
 agreed also but asked COM to clarify if other aquaculture products are 
concerned also. COM confirmed that all aquaculture products are concerned by this situation 
and underlined that there will not be further extension of the transition period (this has 
already happened in the past several times). As regards MS approaches, COM expressed its 
preference for cooperative ways of getting the problem fixed instead of launching other 
procedures. 
 
Contact: 
, DG AGRI, Unit B.4 Tel.: 
 
10.  Organisation of future work 
 
The next Council on agriculture is scheduled for Monday 23rd (Europa building). The 
indicative agenda includes: presentation of the Work Programme of the Presidency, 
international trade issues (study on the impact of concessions in free trade agreements on 
agricultural products), information from the Commission on the market situation and the 
milk package report, and conclusions of the 40th Conference of Directors of Paying 
Agencies. 
A number of delegations also requested for the following items to be put on the agenda of 
the Council meeting of 23/01: negative impact of free trade agreement with New Zealand 
(
), inclusion of Omnibus discussions (
, insisting on a February Council), 
and Teran wine (
). The presidency took duly note of these suggestions. 
The next SCA will take place on 13 (additional one in the place of the AGRIFISH) and 
on 20 February. 
 
Reporting: 
, DG AGRI, Unit I.5 Tel.: