International trade issues
The Council was briefed on the progress in ongoing trade negotiations of relevance to agriculture and exchanged views on the economic study by the Commission on the cumulative impact of free trade agreements (FTAs) on the EU agricultural sector.
Ministers underlined the importance of trade for agriculture and the potential economic benefits of FTAs. However they also warned against unbalanced agreements, and expressed concerns about possible agreements with direct competitors. They asked the Commission to take full account of the sensitivities of specific sectors in the negotiations.
Other topics on the agenda
Ministers were informed about the state of play of the consequences avian flu, exceptions to the rules on protected designations of origin for wines, and the outcome of the 40th conference of the directors of national paying agencies.