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The State Secretary Mr. Ján Slabý in Brussels

23-11-2009

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Ján Slabý participated at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries in Brussels on Friday 20 November 2009. The Council of Ministers approved the possibility to adopt emergency measures for diary sector in case of market distortion and repealing certain obsolete Council acts in the field of the Common Agricultural Policy.

As the initiative of Slovakia and Hungary the electronic identification of sheep and goats was discussed during the meeting. The State Secretary Mr. Ján Slabý, as well as the Hungarian Minister Mr. József Gráf, asked for cancellation or postponing of the date of the obligatory electronic identification of sheep and goats, particularly with emphasis on cancellation of the obligatory electronic identification of sheep and goats before the age of 12 months indented directly for animal slaughtering. The State Secretary underlined the high increase of production cost for farmers caused by the electronic identification. The Slovak Republic considers particularly the electronic identification of young animals, which lifetime is very limit, because they are mostly only transported from farms directly to the slaughterhouse, as excess expense for farmers. According to Slovakia and Hungary, the sufficient traceability can be reached by using the existing identification method. Mr. Slabý appealed to the Council to consider once again this measure, because it will disadvantage our farmers. At the same time he pointed out to farmers in third countries where they do not have to fulfil these requirements. In spite of support of few countries for the proposal of Slovakia and Hungary, it was not possible to reach a general agreement in this issue.

Ministers also discussed the request of Poland to approve the State aid for the purchase of agricultural land and at this item unanimity was reached. The Slovak Republic abstained from vote.

The next meeting of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries will be held from 14 till 16 December 2009. Ministers will be dealing mainly with fisheries issues but also with the future of the Common Agricultural Policy in Rural Development area and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy.