EU - Agricultural and fisheries matters are to headline the next European Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels.
The meeting next week on 24 March will be chaired by Mr Athanasios Tsaftaris, the Greek Minister for Rural Development and Food.
Concerning agriculture, the Council will hold a policy debate on the proposal for promotion measures for agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries. The issue was debated at the last Agriculture Council meeting.
Ministers will be briefed by the Commission about its proposal for a regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products.
The Commission will also present to the ministers a report on the functioning of the fruit and vegetable sector and a report on the mandatory indication of the origin of meat used as an ingredient.
With regard to fisheries issues the Council could reach agreement on the establishment of a TAC for sand eel for 2014. Ministers will be briefed and have an exchange of views on the Coastal states consultations on mackerel.
Finally, ministers will be briefed on a honey breakfast initiative, a forum on family farming, imports of rice into the EU and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Over lunch, ministers will hold a discussion on international agricultural trade issues.
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