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CAP Discussed at Council Meeting

31 December 2012

EU - Ministers discussed and debated direct payments, the single CMO and rural development within the framework of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform, at the latest Agriculture and Fisheries council meeting, held in Brussels on 28-29 November.

Some specific issues discussed were: equivalence to greening practices, sugar quotas and vine planting rights.

No agreement was reached in favour of or against a proposal for a regulation on the use of lactic acid to reduce microbiological surface contamination on bovine carcasses.

The ministers reached political agreement on fishing opportunities for certain deep-sea stocks for 2013 and 2014. They also exchanged views on the annual consultations between the EU and Norway.

Finally, the ministers were briefed on the error rate in rural development, the EU-Morocco agreement on agriculture, a new EU food model, the Norway pout stocks and the EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement.

Ministers had a discussion over lunch on the current state of play on CAP reform.

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