Agriculture Ministry sets out its stall for EU Presidency

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Latvia's Agriculture Ministry under minister Janis Duklavs has laid out its plans for the European farming and fisheries sectors during Latvia's six month EU presidency, which started January 1.  

"The Ministry of Agriculture has set up three priorities for the sector: improvement and enhancement of competitiveness of EU agricultural production, a sustainable forest management model based on the experience of EU Member States and a sustainable management of fisheries resources – multi-annual fisheries management plans and fisheries control," the ministry said in a statement.

Another significant issue will be regulations of organic production and labelling of organic products and what is called "a simplification of [the] Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)" - a small phrase with potentially massive ramifications as the CAP is a constant bone of contention between EU member states.

In fisheries the ministry talks of  "regulation on multi-annual fisheries management plans, review and possible amendments of EU system for Fisheries controls," while in forestry "the focus will be on the United Nations Forum of Forests" in New York.

On Thursday, January 8 there will be a meeting held for Latvia’s government and the panel of the European Commission Commissioners to discuss the program and priorities of Latvia’s presidency including agricultural policy.

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