AGRIFISH COUNCIL OF 15 JULY
Finland, which took over the rotating presidency of the Council on 1 July, presented its priorities for its term in the area of agriculture and fisheries.
In the field of agriculture, the priority of the Finland's Presidency is to make as much progress as possible in the negotiations on the Commission proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020, ahead of a decision on the new multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. Other priorities will include bio-economy, forestry, market situation and international trade related questions.
On fisheries, the presidency leads negotiations on 2020 fishing opportunities for the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Atlantic and North Sea. Moreover the presidency will enhance the work on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) as far as possible and continue discussion on the fisheries control regulation.
The Council had an exchange of views on the environmental and climate-related aspects of the post-2020 CAP reform package, focusing in particular on those elements considered by member states to be essential for meeting a higher level of environmental and climate ambition, and on how in practice to improve the proposed rules so as to reach this objective.
During the exchange of views, several ministers stressed the importance of ensuring sufficient flexibility to better adapt the requirements for a higher environmental and climate ambition to member states' needs, and to simplify rules for the benefit of both farmers and national authorities.
Several ministers also considered that such higher ambitions should be matched by adequate financial support.
More details here.
INTERGROUP ON SMART VILLAGES FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
On 16 July, at Strasbourg, took place the inaugural event of the new intergroup – SMART Villages for Rural Communities for Sparsely populated, Mountainous And Rural Territories.
The concept of Smart Villages, initiated by MEP Bogovič in the previous legislature together with former MEP Tibor Szanyi, makes a good base for it with the visibility already noticeable on the European policy scene.
SMART Villages for Rural Communities promotes integrated development for European territories in all their diversity. The Intergroup enables exchanges on innovative ways to create vibrant and attractive rural communities. It encourages new ways of governance and cooperation in EU territories, through place-based initiatives and the use of technology. The Intergroup aims to strengthen integration and ensure a sustainable future for all Europeans.
More about the event and the intergroup here
Also, on the 4th of July, Athlone - Ireland hosted the seminar on SmartVillagesand Rural Towns in Ireland, organised by the National Rural Network
and the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) .
The seminar aimed tobuild a greater knowledge base surrounding the EU Action for Smart Villages initiative.and sought to develop an understanding of what Smart Villages are and demonstrate how it can be planned, implemented and realized in an Irish context, particularly in the context of the design of the LEADER Programme post 2020.
More details here
'BIOECONOMY: SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR RURAL EUROPE'
The event, ENRD Seminar, took place in Brussels on 3rd July 2019 and was an opportunity to share practical experiences of rural bioeconomy and discuss the use of RDPs and CAP Strategic Plans to support rural bioeconomy value chains.
The event focused on different aspects related to the bioeconomy: how to build a bio-based value chain, rural climate action through bio-based initiatives, building rural bioeconomies through smart villages, challenges to policy coherence, and regional approaches.
More details here
RURAL EUROPE PHOTO COMPETITION
ENRD has launched the #RuralEurope photo competition.
The contest ends 15 of September!
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